Vedanta employees charged after India chimney collapse

Author: Kathryn Hopkins, Guardian [UK], Published on: 17 November 2009

Three officials at a subsidiary of the mining company Vedanta Resources have been arrested in India following the collapse of a chimney in one of its power stations which killed 41 people. The incident occurred in September at Vedanta's Bharat Aluminium Company (Balco) power plant in Chhattisgarh, central India, during heavy storms. After a two-month investigation, local police have arrested Balco's vice-president, who was also the plant's project manager, its associate general manager and a graduate trainee engineer. The three men have all been charged with "culpable homicide not amounting to murder". The chimney that collapsed was being constructed for Balco by China's Shandong Electric Power Construction Corp (Sepco) [also refers to Sesa Goa]

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Related companies: Bharat Aluminium (part of Vedanta Resources) SEPCO Electric Power Construction Corporation (SEPCO) Vedanta Resources