14-yr-old worker loses hand while working in firm
NAVI MUMBAI: A 14-year-old boy from Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh, who was hired by a manufacturing company in Pawane MIDC, lost his right hand while working with a printing machine.
Even as the incident took place around 10 days ago no first hand information (FIR) has been registered against the owner of the company and the person who brought him to the city.
After his parents reached here four days ago, they approached the Navi Mumbai childline centre which is helping them register a case.
“One person from the same village brought the boy, Lavkush Gaud, to the city around five months ago telling his parents that he would get a job of sweeper in a house. However, that man put him in the company instead,” said Shobha Murthy, head of the childline centre.
In the company the boy had to put papers in a punching and printing machine. “The pace of the machine was fast and the boy could not get used to it. On that day, his right hand went inside the machine and it got severed near the wrist,” she said.
The boy was initially admitted to a private hospital, but his bleeding did not stop. So, the doctors suggested the employers to shift him to KEM hospital in Mumbai.
“The boy used to stay on the company premises at night. Now, since he is not working there, he and his parents have no place to stay in the city. We are assisting them in all possible ways. On Friday, we will take them to Turbhe MIDC police station to register a case against the owner of the company and the man who brought him here,” Murthy said.
The boy’s father Ramcharan said, “My son lost his right hand as he was given a risky job without considering his age. We are now sleeping on road as we don’t have any place here. The police should take stringent action against the accused.”
Despite repeated attempts, the owner of the company was unavailable for comments.
Lavkush Gaud and his father at KEM Hospital in Mumbai.