Gas Cracker Project Turns Deadly in Assam

Four Labourers Killed in Assam Gas Cracker Project

At least four labourers were killed when they entered a polypropylene storage tank in Central PSU Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) in Upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district, officials said.

Following the incident, enraged labourers set ablaze the construction company’s office and damaged several vehicles.

A top BCPL official said IOT Limited, a firm engaged for constructing the gas cracker project at Lepetkata in the Upper Assam district sent a labourer into the tank to check if it was clean.

“But the labourer did not come out and the firm sent another labourer into the tank. The firm sent four labourers into the tank, one by one, but they did not come out. Later a rescue team with oxygen masks was sent into the tank and rescued the four labourers in serious condition,” the BPCL official said.

The injured labourers were rushed to hospital, but two labourers named Hiren Gogoi and Harish Cheleng died before reaching hospital and Hemanta Das, and Gajen Gogoi succumbed to their injuries during treatment.

Following the incident, some enraged labourers set ablaze one of the contruction company’s offices and damaged several vehicles.