Monday, October 27, 2014

Relatives of five Indian men killed in Ethiopia demand adequate compensation

(Oct 27, 2014, (Addis Ababa))--CHENNAI: High drama prevailed at the Chennai airport on Monday morning when bodies of the five Tamil Nadu men killed in a blast at a sugar factory in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa arrived.

The relatives of the deceased refused to accept the bodies unless the state government promised that their pending salaries and adequate compensation would be paid. The relatives wanted to walk up to the GST Road and block traffic to vent their anger but police officers managed to pacify them.

The deceased are V Muruganandan, 27, and G Muthukrishnan, 42, of Thanjavur, M Velraj, 29, of Mayiladuthurai in Nagapattinam district, R Devadas, 40, of Thiruvarur, and V Devendran, 34, of Cuddalore.

It was only late in the evening, after an assurance from Tamil Nadu minister for housing and urban development R Vaithilingam and written assurances from Mumbai-based Surendra Engineering Corporation LTD, a sub-contractor for the Fincha Sugar Factory Expansion Project in Ethiopia, did the relatives relent and take the bodies home. Read more from India Times »

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