Nagpur: Three days after the alleged rape of a Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) employee at a coal weighbridge at Umred by truck drivers, the company has blacklisted the private transporter whose vehicles were deployed at the site.
The firm, M/s Balaji Coal Sales whose stock was being lifted by the transporter M/s Khan Transport, has also been barred from WCL. This means Balaji Coal Sales will not be able to get coal from any of the WCL coal mines, said an official.

The action against the transporter and coal supplier has been taken on the grounds that as employers, these firms should have verified credentials of the persons engaged by them.

The PSU mining company has also suspended two officials — Gangadhar Bhute, the security in-charge, and Gajanan Jode, the guard deployed at the weighbridge. Show cause notices have been sent to five other officials for negligence of duty and other reasons believed to have caused the security lapse.

One of the persons to get the notice include Sudha Shende, a personnel manager for not having built ladies’ toilets in time despite having got the sanction. Since there are over 300 female employees in the Umred area of WCL, a survey was done to assess the need of toilets.

The sanction to build regular toilets was given soon after the report was put up, but the work remained incomplete.

The victim was caught in a makeshift bamboo toilet by the accused. It is believed that the incident could have been prevented if a regular toilet been built.

Show cause notices have also been sent to GS Rao, the in-charge of Gokul mine situated at Umred, apart from other officials Srikant Bagdikar, Sanjay John and Mahesh Mende.

The rape which took place on the eve of Independence Day, created an uproar in social and political circles. The victim who had got a job in WCL after her family’s land was taken over for a mining project was allegedly raped by a truck driver and cleaner. They also pierced one of her eyes after the act.

Meanwhile, Umred police have recorded statements of some key witnesses in the case and also questioned some local persons posted at the mine.

Senior PI Prakash Hake of the Umred police station said the survivor is yet to be declared fit for recording her statement.

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