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Mangalore: MESCOM Lineman's Death - IFKCA Warns of Intense Protest


Mangalore: MESCOM Lineman's Death - IFKCA Warns of Intense Protest
 
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Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (PS)
 
Mangalore, May 29:
As reported earlier by Daijiworld, the unfortunate death of MESCOM Gerald Veigas of Thokur village has put his family in total distress. Gerald who was on duty on Saturday May 12 was checking for faults in Vamanjoor area as there was no power. He fixed two jumpers and while he was fixing the third one, electricity suddenly passed through the wire and he got electrocuted.

Addressing reporters here on Tuesday May 29, Denis D’Silva, state convener of International Federation of Karnataka Christian Associations (IFKCA), alleged that branch officer of Vamanjoor feeder Gurumurthy took lineman Gerald Veigas and Shanthakumar to repair the fault in Vamanjoor without taking the permission of Kavoor branch officer or assistant chief executive engineer. They were forcibly made to work, he said.

"Also, during the repair work, Gerald was not provided with any safety equipment. After the work when GOS in Mangalajyothi was started, electricity passed on the wire and Gerald was electrocuted. At this crucial time too, Gurumurthy did not even extend first aid to Gerald and did not admit him to the hospital. Instead he fled from the spot," Denis alleged.
 
"However, in a baseless statement given to the media, Mangalore Division chief executive engineer Manjappa said an employee of one branch could be made to work in another. This statement was to safeguard Gurumurthy," he said.
 
Denis said the death of Gerald was equal to that of murder. "Though the kin of the deceased family filed a complaint with the police, Gurumurthy has not been arrested yet," he said.

He also demanded that Gurumurthy and Manjappa be suspended and MESCOM help the children of Gerald in their education.

"In case no police action is initiated, the family of Gerald, public and some social unions will lay siege to MESCOM in the coming days to deman justice," he warned.
 
IFKCA, Udupi president Louis Lobo, Gerald's mother Lathesia Veigas, wife Zeena Veigas, and cousin Darvin were present at the press meet.

 

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  • steevi, mangalore

    Fri, Jun 1 2012

    Thank you very much Denis & team for being with us.. lets fight for the justice,.. May good god bless you all

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  • Ravi Kumar, Mangalore

    Thu, May 31 2012

    It is surprised to learn that Why no action has been initiated against d erring officials of MESCOM.Further on the day of funeral the MD and other officials of MESCOM have not bothered to visit and to pay homage to the deceased employee.This suspects thea the top officials too are mingled in this incident. So hw can anybody expect any justice from MESCOM. A CBI enquiry needs to be conducted in this matter

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  • Sujith Dsouza, , Bangalore.

    Thu, May 31 2012

    Excellent work from IKFCA team,we need this kind of social organizations to our community.This is a fight for justice. go... head we are with you guys. Special thanks to Mr Ronald colaco,who is the founder of IFKCA.

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  • Vinitha Sequeira, Chikmangalore/Bharain

    Wed, May 30 2012

    God bless you Mr. colaco, Denis D'silva and team of IFKCA,You have been a blessing to our community. Please continue to keep up the good work.you ppl really blessed and sent by god to do this job.

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  • Zeena Dsouza, Thokur / Kana

    Wed, May 30 2012

    Excellent work IFKCA.Ronald Colaco has done a great job by takin the initiative through his organisation to give justice to the bereaved family..people need to join hands and raise their voice. especially the officials of MESCOM who are responsible for this utter negligence should be punished immediately..Long live IFKCA..

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  • jack, Goa

    Wed, May 30 2012

    Denis D'Silva,great work,may the almighty God bless you in everyway to get justice for the family Gerald Veigas,if not we all should help them to educated the little two boys and complete their half constructed house.

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  • Vijay Lobo, Mangalore

    Wed, May 30 2012

    Great work by IFKCA, Thank you Mr. Ronald Coloco, Mr. Denis & team this what we looking from you people....we all with you...lets fight for justice....

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  • Niel, Mangalore

    Wed, May 30 2012

    I dont know much about Gurumurty. This Mr. Manjappa is really a arrogant person. He speaks utter nonsense when people go to meet him.   He needs to be suspended.

    I doubt he will get suspended. Since he has influence from top. He may do anything for his survival.

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  • AJ, bangalore.

    Wed, May 30 2012

    Persononell of MESCOM are no less than Goondas. Their language is not polite and they enter houses without permission and start yelling without any reason as if they are doing some charity providing electricity.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Bantwal/Mumbai

    Wed, May 30 2012

    This is the much needed backup help for a very justified and needy case from IFKCA to the aggreived family! This is the right time to mount pressure and get the guilty to justice before these "goons" make it fizzle out and wriggle out. Nothing more than criminal charges should be filed against those responsible. MESCOM CAN BE BROUGHT TO ITS KNEES IF THE POWER OF TRUTH AND POWER OF UNITY OF PEOPLE ARE UNLEASHED!!!Remember how British Petroleum and multibillion dollar co. was bought to its knees and went bankrupt by a couple of suits filed after the underwater oil leakage, then what this MESCOM is! Be focused and keep on pressing the gas pedal and things will be in line with the truth!!!!

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  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Tue, May 29 2012

    If a person dies in an accident in a private factory, in spite of providing sufficient safety measures, the owner of the factory is taken to task. Even if the workman is neglegant and irresponsible, the owner is made to go through hell for no fault of his. Here the owner is the MESCOm management which should be held fully accountable. The management staff should be first arrested for neglegance and criminal case should be filed. Then come the other measures like how to provide the compensation and how to preven repeatation of such incidences. Unless this is insisted upon, more number of Geralds will die on everyday basis. The story will be forgotten in no time.
    We have unions fighting for stupid reasons like rickshaw stands, petrol price hike etc. But on such humanitatian crimes, only a small bunch of people have to face the reality.

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  • Manohar Veigas, UDUPI

    Tue, May 29 2012

    It's high time that MESCOM authorities stop the blame-game and deliver justice to the bereaved family of Gerald Veigas by suitably compensating them monetarily and punish the responsible officials. Appreciate IFKCA for their sincere efforts in seeking justice to the victim's family.

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  • Peter Lewis, Kalmady/k s a

    Tue, May 29 2012

    UTTER NEGLIGENCE OF MESCOM MAINTENANCE ENGINEERS. MESCOM SHOULD PROVIDE COMPENSATION AS WELL AS SUITABLE JOB TO LATE GERALD VEIGAS WIFE.

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  • Rudolf, Bantwal/Mumbai

    Tue, May 29 2012

    This is the much needed backup help for a very justified and needy case from IFKCA to the aggreived family! This is the right time to mount pressure and get the guilty to justice before these "goons" make it fizzle out and wriggle out. Nothing more than criminal charges should be filed against those responsible. MESCOM CAN BE BROUGHT TO ITS KNEES IF THE POWER OF TRUTH AND POWER OF UNITY OF PEOPLE ARE UNLEASHED!!!Remember how British Petroleum and multibillion dollar co. was bought to its knees and went bankrupt by a couple of suits filed after the underwater oil leakage, then what is this MESCOM! Be focused and keep on pressing the gas pedal, and things will be in order!!!!

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  • Soniya Barboza , Mangalore , Ranipura

    Tue, May 29 2012

    great job Denis and IFKCA team thank u for your support we want justice

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Tue, May 29 2012

    let justice be done to the jerald's family all people has to protest against the un lawful action of MESCOM let both Manjappa and gurumurthy be suspended

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  • RONALD VAS, KUNTIKAN/KUWAIT

    Tue, May 29 2012

    DEAR DAIJITEAM, PLEASE PUBLISH THEIR BANK ACCOUNT SO THEIR FAMILY CAN GET SOME SORT OF HELP FOR THE INNOCENT CHILDRENS FUTURE.PLEASE DO IT ASAP

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  • Felix Philip D'Silva, Kundapura - Udupi - Mumbai

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Very well done by IFKCA, Please do not stop the fight for justice till the two guilty ( Gurumurthy and Manjappa) get behind the bar also I thank to Daijiwolrd.

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  • Ganesh Bhat, Mangalore

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Sad story for the helpless wife and innocent kids due to the politics of the Mescom bosses. They are orphaned for life due to some irresponsible managers. A few lakhs of rupees will not bring their life back to normal. The people responsible are going to PAY for this.

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  • Thomas, India/Mangalore

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Great move by IFKCA, somebody there reaching out to the needy.

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  • Rita, Mangalore

    Tue, May 29 2012


    Dear Denis D'silva IFKCA God Bless you for your good work. That poor family's blessings also will be there on you. Dont stop your fight with MESCOM. We are there with you all.

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  • Sunil,

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Go for it IFKCA , I will tender ny support in whatever possible way , pls send a message to Daiji before hand so that we know

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  • Gerald, modankap-bantval

    Tue, May 29 2012

    THIS IS WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD FROM IFKCA !! BRAVO !!! GOOD INITIATIVE !!! LONG LIVE DAIJI TEAM

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  • Vijay R.D , Karkala

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Aprrecialbe work, good move by IFKCA for providing justice to distressed family. I think everyone should support this .

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  • peter prakash , dubai

    Tue, May 29 2012

    It is very stirring to see IFKCA stand for so many different causes to serve many distressed catholic families over the several years. I pass on my good wishes to Denis D’silva and his team for their noble efforts in fighting for unfortunate people of our community.

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  • Janet, India

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Let the bereaved family get justice, hope IFKCA will fight till the end for this poor family. It is better to take a delegation to CM and Energy Minister if justice is not done with in 48 hour

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  • vinod saldanha, chikmangalore

    Tue, May 29 2012

    My deep condolence to the family of the deceased, MASCOM’s shear negligence led to the tragic death of the sole bread earner of the family. Appreciate IFKCA’s effort to support the distressed family. May the organization under the leadership of Denis D’silva succeed in getting justice to the mourning family

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  • Rahiman, UAE

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Well done IFKCA Mr. colaco and his team, you should take the matter with MD mescom and KPTCL and to the Energy Minister to give justice to the family. The officials responsible to this must be punished. Plz publish details of Account No of the Jerald's family

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  • jennifer , USA

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Great Job Denis..Let us all fight for the cause..A delegation need to meet the MD of MESCOM who is believed to have a good name..MESCOM should not think that they can get away playing with the lives of poor and innocent people like Gerald and others”.

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  • Manohar, India

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Hats up, IFKCA. Ronald Colaco and his team doing great job of raising the issue of the poor family, let all people come to gether to deliver justice to Jeralds family.Officials of MESCOM who are responsible for this utter negligence should be punished immediately
    LET US JOIN TOGETHER TO HELP THE FAMILY AND TO DELIVER THE JUSTICE
    both Manjapp and Gurumuthy should be punished

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  • K.Fernandes, Udupi

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Well done IFKCA. Please do not stop the fight for justice till the two guilty ( Gurumurthy and Manjappa) behind the bar and all sort of compensation is paid to the victim’s family along with life pension. These two guys shall be subjected to 220volt 50HZ electric shock, then they may relies the shock/pain of it.

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  • Mark, Mangalore

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Great work I really appriciate AFKCA working for justice to the christian families for whom there is no support. I really Congradulate Mr. Colaco and team for their support to the poor bereived family. We all are with you and ready for nay fight to bring justice. I also request Daiji to give account number of the family so that people can contribute

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  • Edward, USA

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Excellent work IFKCA.Ronald Colaco has done a great job by takin the initiative through his organisation to give justice to the bereaved family..people need to join hands and raise their voice. especially the officials of MESCOM who are responsible for this utter negligence should be punished immediately..Long live IFKCA..

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  • Alwyn Maxim, Mangalore/UAE

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Good Move n support, wishing you success in your mission. Let us join together for the better cause n betterment of " Gerald's " family and future awareness, so that no innocent lives should fall in the same way.

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  • tresa , Mangalore

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Very good move by IFKCA, as i know the family very well, they have always faced hardships and poverty from early days. They earnestly need back up to bring them justice. We all support the cause.

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  • Prashanth, Mangalore/Dubai

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Total negligence of MESCOM officials in the death of Gerald veigas... both officers should be punished and justice should be given to the deceased family.....

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