The local court of Talaja town in Bhavnagar district granted conditional bails to ship-breakers who were booked for culpable homicide by local police.
Alang Police registered an FIR against three people-R K Jain, V K Jain (owners of Kiran Ship Breaking Company) and its manager Rajesh Jagud-under section 304, 285 and 114 of Indian Penal Code in connection with the fires which broke out at oil tanker at Alang Shipbreaking yard on 6 October in which six people died.
Hours after the Ship-breakers were arrested; they complained of chest pain and were rushed to hospital in Bhavnagar. Shipbreakers have been asked to submit their passport as well.
Following the arrest of the shipbreakers, Ship recycling Industries Association (India) had called for strike at Alang and its allied association.
Sources said this is for the first time that shipbreakers have been booked under section 304 of IPC, if convicted, can face minimum three year jail term and maximum life imprisonment. Ship-breakers are under treatment in Hospital in Bhavnagar.
All the victims in the fire belonged to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. The deceased were identified as Hiralal Chaudhary (28), Ajay Chaudhary (22), Ram Milan (35), Sanjay Yadav (25), Subhash Yadav (28) and Dharmendra Chaudhary.The injured person Ram Singh Sahai is in critical condition.
Source: Times of India. 20 October 2012http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/Court-grants-conditional-bail-to-ship-breakers-in-Alang-fire-case/articleshow/16892498.cms