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Alang ship recycling industry fears worker's death may hurt global image

Police case against unit and closure notice are unfair to business facing stiff competition, says association

Alang ship-breakers

File photo of a worker sorting out the engine parts of a decommissioned ship at the Alang shipyard in Gujarat. Alang-Sosiya’s recycling yards have a powerful business incentive to “go green”. Photo: Reuters

Vinay Umarji Ahmedabad
The ship recycling industry in Alang, Gujarat, fears for its global image as a worker’s “accedental” death — the first in decades — has prompted the police to file a case of negligence.

The worker died on June 3 when a steel plate cut from a vessel fell on him. The police filed a case against the plot owner, manager and safety officer, and the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) later issued a closure notice to the business where the worker died.

The industry protested the police case and notice, requesting Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel to ensure a fair investigation to

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First Published: Jun 16 2022 | 6:53 PM IST

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