GUWAHATI, Aug 29 � The Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union (APMU) has decided to stop loading and unloading petroleum products throughout the North East India for 24 hours beginning at 5 am on September 3 in protest against the �indifferent attitude� of the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) towards the kerosene blast victims.
The Union, at a press conference today, flayed the Corporation for not paying any compensation to the relatives of the victims of the recent series of kerosene blasts taking place in different parts of the State.
�Over 20 people had died due to the blasts and scores sustained injuries in places like Dhubri, Chirang and Bongaigaon besides few other places but the IOC authority seems least bothered,� APMU general secretary Ramen Das said.
The Union also alleged that the investigators are beating around the bush and innocent workers are being harassed in the name of enquiry.
�We have observed that our member oil tanker drivers and depot workers are being harassed by police in connection with the recent kerosene blasts. We had informed the district administrations of BTAD and Dhubri that the tanker drivers and depot workers are in no way responsible for the incidents as after loading, the tankers are locked by IOCL and later opened by authorized persons. The mixing is possible in loading centres,� Das said, adding that already five workers have been arrested.
Das further informed that the Union has already informed the IOCL general manager about their protest programme.
Moreover, the Union has also demanded rise in monthly wages, payment of bonus and other benefits for all workers. Testing should be done at the time of loading and delivery of the products and certificate should be given immediately, the Union further demanded.