CUDDALORE: Residents of Thiruchopuram and Nanjalingampettai on
Tuesday turned their ire against a private oil company by holding it
responsible for the death of four girl students in the road accident
that occurred at Semmanguppam near here on Monday.
residents squatted on Cuddalore-Chidambaram road at Semmanguppam,
blocking the traffic for about an hour in the morning. They urged the
oil company to give due compensation to the families of the deceased and
They also impounded three vehicles carrying
employees of the company and refused to let go until the company
apologised to the villagers for the accident and come out with due
Meanwhile, a section of them went to Periakuppam (where the oil company is located) to voice their protest.
When the security personnel did not allow them inside, they pelted stones and damaged glass panes.
also broke the windscreen of an ambulance parked on the company
premises. A spokesperson of the residents said that it was due to the
recklessness of the driver of the vehicle contracted by the company that
the accident took place, killing the four and injuring 31 others.
spokesperson alleged that even though the company knew fully well that
it was one of the vehicles engaged by the company that caused the
accident, the company did not take any efforts to arrange for ambulances
to take the injured to the hospital.
It was the local people and
the passers-by who took the injured in a private bus to the hospital.
The company management remained indifferent to the tragedy and never
expressed condolence to the bereaved families nor did it send any of its
representatives to the government hospital to enquire about the
condition of the injured, the spokesperson added.
Revenue Divisional Officer Murugesan and Deputy Superintendent of Police
Pandian reached the spot and held talks with the protestors to assuage
The company sources said that none of the vehicles owned by the company was involved in the accident.
was the vehicle hired by a sub-contractor of the company that met with
the accident while transporting the employees of the former to the