At least three dozen,including factory director,son,taken ill
At least three workers died and more than three dozen others fell seriously ill after partaking packed food supplied by a contractor at a factory,Chinar Forge limited,a sister concern of the Shital Fibers owned by industrialist Shital Vij,in Jalandhar,police said Friday.
While supervisor of the factory,Davinder Sharma and cook Nirmala Rani died last night,one Roshan Kumar succumbed to serious food poisoning on Friday. While Davinder and Roshan were employees at Chinar Forge,Nirmala was hired by the contractor Rajbir Singh Dhillon to cook the food.
Incidentally,apart from the factory workers,the Shital Vijs wife Vani Vij and son Shitesh Vij (son) were also taken ill and were admitted to a private hospital from where they were discharged last night. Vani is one of the directors of the Chinar Forge.
The latest incident comes just about a year after a five-storey building of the Shital Fibres collapsed like a pack of cards killing 23 workers and injuring 60. The Chinar Forge is located close to the collapsed building.
Meanwhile,the police arrested four people including contractor Rajbir Singh Dhillon and his three helpers including Rohit,Karan and Pardeep.
Rajbir used to supply food to the factory employees from a makeshift canteen running at Khurla Kingra,SHO Police Division (eight),Paramjit Singh,said.
The workers said that after having the packed food during the lunch on Thursday,many of them started vomiting and complained of loose motion.
Most of the workers were rushed to Shri Devi Talab Mandir Charitable Hospital,managed by a Trust .
Civil surgeon Dr RL Bassan,who visited the victims at the hospital Friday,said that samples of the food have been taken by the health department officials for conducting tests.
He said the condition of all the patients,except two,is stable now,and added that the cause of death of the other three will be ascertained only after getting the report from laboratory.