Worker killed laying seismic cable for ONGC

Vol 20, PW 9 (26 Jan 17) News in Brief

A day after a young assistant rigman lost his life, another worker laying seismic cables for ONGC was killed in Madhya Pradesh's Damoh district on January 20.

Kailash Puran Jharia, 23, a worker hired by ONGC, was killed by a huge blast while laying seismic cables in the jungle near Richhkudi village. Jharia was working with a geophysical party from the MBA basin mobilised at the Frontier Basin to shoot 550-lkm of 2D at the 1250-sq km VN-ONN-2009/3 block where ONGC plans to drill three exploration wells by October 2018.

"He was laying cables from one hole to another," says an ONGC source. "The dynamite team was doing its work separately." Jharia was at least 50 metres away from the hole where the dynamite went off.

"I can't say what happened but it went horribly wrong and Jharia took the blast on his face," we hear. "His face was ripped off and he was killed." Hearing the explosion, local villagers rushed to the spot.

Jharia's body was taken to a health centre at Jabera town and nearby Tendukheda police station registered a case of accidental death.

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