A 32-year-old contractual worker at the state-run NTPC in Uttar Pradesh's Greater Noida on Thursday set his arm on fire, alleging he was not paid his salary due for six months, including the lockdown period, police said.
Officials from the HR department of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) alerted the police around 12 pm about the worker setting his hand on fire after pouring some oil on it outside the gate number 2 of its campus, officials said.
The worker, who was hired by a third party contractor, has been identified as Rajesh. He hails from Solana village in adjoining Hapur district, they said.
"There was a dispute regarding six months' payment of the worker because of which he said he took the step. He was immediately rushed to a hospital and given treatment after which he got discharged. He is fine now," Jarcha police station officer Anil Kumar said.
Rajesh claimed that his salary for the last six months was due. He earned Rs 10,000 a month but has been "cheated" by the contractors and the NTPC, according to a written complaint he gave to police.
"I was not paid during the lockdown (imposed due the COVID-19 outbreak in March) period, which has put my family in difficulty due to financial crisis," he stated.
The police said they are probing the matter and would verify the worker's claims, while the NTPC has also initiated an internal inquiry into the episode.
However, the NTPC could not be contacted immediately for its comment.
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