“Mumtaz Khan, a resident of Jharsuguda and worker with Cemfis India Pvt Ltd, was working in the railway siding area where this incident happened yesterday at 7 pm. The exact cause of the incident is being investigated,” a spokesperson for Vedanta Aluminium Ltd said.
The incident was the deadliest during an environmental protest in India in a decade. A working group of United Nations' human rights experts in May condemned the "apparent excessive and disproportionate use of lethal force by police".
ArcelorMittal on September 15 wrote to Essar Steel’s RP a letter relating to Vedanta’s alleged environmental law violations in India and Zambia, illegal mining, disregard for safety standards and human rights violations.