The saga of a closed paper mill in Telangana: Another worker sets himself on fire
news Monday, April 13, 2015 - 05:30
Another employee from the Sirpur Paper Mill at Kagaznagar committed suicide on Saturday night by pouring kerosene and setting himself on fire. He is the fourth person to die after the paper mill stopped production in September last year. The victim who has been identified as Kavide Sankar, was a former employee of the mill and was rushed to the local ESI hospital with 85 percent burns to his body and later shifted to the Osmania Hospital in Hyderabad. He succumbed to his injuries on Sunday. Sankar is survived by a wife and three children. One of the oldest paper mills in the country, the Sirpur Paper Mill (SPM) which was established in 1936 and stopped production last year after it turned into a loss-making unit over the last few years. The workers are in heavy financial crisis, with a majority of them turning to daily wage labourers as they are not even able to pay the school fees for their children. The future of about 3,000 to 4,000 families are at stake, with no sign of the mill resuming production after it was halted in September 2014. Read - The case of the shut paper-mill in Sirpur which has many dreams hinging on it
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