Zara's ven­dor Sonu Exim's elec­tri­cian sets him­self on fire; Span­ish la­bel seeks de­tails

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An elec­tri­cian named Bittu, work­ing at Sonu Exim, set him­self on fire in­side the com­pany’s premises. He was work­ing with the com­pany for over a decade and was in good re­la­tion with Ved Prakash Goyal, Di­rec­tor of the com­pany. Zara, which is one of the ma­jor clients of the com­pany, took ur­gent no­tice of the sad in­ci­dent. The Span­ish brand asked the com­pany to pro­vide de­tailed re­port of the in­ci­dent and its team vis­ited the fac­tory, ex­plored all the video footage. The elec­tri­cian, who was im­me­di­ately ad­mit­ted in the hos­pi­tal, is now out of dan­ger.

The sad in­ci­dent took place in the com­pany’s Delhi-based head of­fice/fac­tory where about 250 work­ers are em­ployed. Ac­cord­ing to the fac­tory sources, Bittu went to the Di­rec­tor’s of­fice and asked for his dues from the com­pany. How­ever, af­ter a lit­tle ar­gu­ment, he put oil on him­self and set him­self on fire. The fac­tory has handed over the video footage to the po­lice and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is go­ing on.

Ab­hay, a Se­nior Of­fi­cial of Sonu Exim told Ap­parel On­line, “Bittu was an al­co­holic and used to drink reg­u­larly; the com­pany had warned him and coun­selled him on this many times, but he con­tin­ued drink­ing. He had even re­signed three years back and later had re­quested to place him back in the com­pany again. He used to bor­row money from fel­low work­ers. In Septem­ber, he had taken ad­vance from the com­pany and now he wanted to quit. He was ask­ing to clear his dues and the com­pany made it clear to him that there are no dues left.” He fur­ther added that the rea­sons as to why he set him­self on fire were not clear and only few fac­tory of­fi­cials were present at the time of the in­ci­dent. What­ever al­le­ga­tions and com­ments Bittu made in his com­plaint, are false. Ap­parel On­line ap­proached Zara team on the in­ci­dent and is still await­ing a re­sponse from their side.

No­tably, more than two decades old, Sonu Exim is one of the well-known ap­parel ex­porters of Delhi. The com­pany, with six fac­to­ries across Delhi and Noida, works with lead­ing brands and com­pa­nies like Zara, Only, Vero Moda, etc.

A fac­tory of Sonu Exim

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