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Korba Killing - commemorating a criminal catastrophe

Published by MAC on 2019-09-23
Source: Mines and Communities

Vedanta cannot be allowed to rest unscathed.

Today - 23 September 2019 - marks the 10th anniversary of the appalling Balco Korba coal plant disaster that cost at least 42 workers' lives in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

MAC followed this event from its occurrence through interceding years, recording not only what happened (rather, didn't happen) in India to bring the companies responsible to account for this event, but also through demonstrations and meetings held against Vedanta Resources in the UK.

Until last year, Vedanta was a London Stock Exhange (LSE)-registered company. It then withdrew from the UK amid many mounting charges of  malfeasance, illegality, human rights violation and outright lying - doubtless including its own  fear that Britain's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) would finally eject it from the LSE.

What Vedanta did, in fact, was to forsake the stock exchange on the same day it reconsituted itself as a private entity, re-locating corporate governance to its Indian associate.

Although a significant number of Indian organisations continue to characterise Korba as one of the worst Indian industrial catastrophes experienced since the second world war, and despite several key Vedanta employees being arrested, charged with culpable homicide, no appropriate trial has yet taken place.

A judge, Sandeep Bakshi, devoted almost two years investigating the case, concluding that Vedanta was the chief  guilty party [see: Bakshi report on Korba ]

Many accounts of this shameful event can be found on this website - kindly go to our company reference: BALCO [ see: Balco ]


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