Times of India – Ship-breaker arrested for labourer’s death

30 January 2013 - RAJKOT: Former Bhavnagar mayor and ship-breaker Jayant Vanani alias Budha Patel of Shantamani Enterprises was arrested along with manager Dharmesh Bhatt by Bhavnagar police on Tuesday in connection with the death of a labourer at Alang ship-breaking yard on January 11.

However, they were later released on bail. Sources said that on January 11 three labourers working at plot number 27 owned by Budha Patel were injured when an iron plate fell on them.

The injured persons were identified as Laluram Chauhan, Parmanand Rajpar and Rampratap Paswan. They were rushed to civil hospital in Bhavnagar, where Laluram Chauhan died. The police had booked Patel and Bhatt for negligence. Patel is a Congress leader from Bhavnagar.

Another labourer dies in Alang

Rajkot: A labourer identified as Bharat Gupta (32) of Maharajganj in Uttar Pradesh died on Tuesday when an iron rod fell on him while he was engaged in dismantling of a ship. He was employed at plot number 86. Ironically, the accident took place at a time when officials of Gujarat Maritime Board and other government departments were about to launch 108 emergency ambulance services in Alang.