14-yr-old worker loses hand while work­ing in firm

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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Lavkush Gaud and his fa­ther at KEM Hos­pi­tal in Mum­bai.

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