Disaster at Mithakhari Noni Processing Plant, 3 in hospital

Report by: 
ZEENATH BIBI
Port Blair
13 Dec 2018

In what appears to be a major fault by research institutions for tapping natural resources in these islands, a Noni Processing Plant located at Mitha Khari in South Andaman choked three persons on Thursday. As per reports, at around 9.40 am, cops of Police Station Ograbraj received a call about three workers of Alberta Agro Private Ltd in the tsunami Shelter at Mithakhari falling unconscious while working in the plant.
The police team from PS Ograbraj led by Sub Inspector Benedict, Constables  RB Singh, Ashok Roy, Sujay Majumdar, Krishnaveni, Subit along with Pradhan Shafique rushed to the spot under the directions of the Station House Officer. The workers identified as Sanjay Kujoor, Sujoy Kujur, 24 years, resident of Pedi Nallah, Sushil Kujur, 25 years, resident of Namunaghar and Sulaiman, 24 years, resident of Ferrargunj, were all rushed to Primary Health Centre, Tushnabad and later shifted to GB Pant Hospital.
As per sources, the workers were engaged in the processing plant for cleaning a gas cylinder. While working, Sanjay Kujur fell unconscious after inhaling smoke from a noni pulp. Sanjay’s co-workers also fell unconscious working at the spot. The Police was informed after which the team reached the spot and removed the cylinder from the plant. All the three workers were then rushed to the health centre. As per latest reports, the workers are now in stable health condition.
When contacted a senior official of ICAR-CIARI denied any lapses on the part of the institution. “We provide training and at times fund such projects. The lapse, if any, may be the responsibility of the owner of the plant. We are, however, inquiring into the matter, said the official, who didn’t wish to be named.