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Bahrain fire survivors to sue company

india Updated: Aug 03, 2006 17:58 IST
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Around 200 survivors of a labour camp fire in Manama that left 16 Indians dead would soon file a civil lawsuit, which could lead to their company paying a huge sum as compensation.

The case would be in addition to criminal charges that are expected to be pressed against Royal Tower Construction company officials, Indian Ambassador to Bahrain Balakrishna Shetty told reporters in Manama on Wednesday.

Sixteen Indians, all from Tamil Nadu, died in the blaze on the second floor of a three-storey building in Gudabiya area on Sunday, and the survivors have since refused to go back to work for the company unless it improves their living conditions.

Shetty said the civil suit could lead to the company, whose workers were subjected to not only inhuman living conditions but also mental torture and long working hours, paying out hundreds of thousands of dinars to its employees.

Investigations are now under way to ascertain whether there was criminal intent and charges are expected to be filed in a few days, he said and vowed that the perpetrators would not be allowed to get away.

He said Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has promised that the "full force" of the Bahrain law will be in action against those responsible.

Shetty said it would be ensured that there are more frequent and rigorous inspections of all camps.

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