Indian Police Arrest Coke Officials Over Plant Deaths
Agence France-Presse
June 27, 2010

Bhubaneswar: Three officials of an Indian unit of Coca-Cola have been arrested over the deaths of at least two workers at a soft drinks bottling plant in the east of the country, police said on Sunday.

The accident occurred Friday in Khurda town, just south of Orissa state capital Bhubaneswar, when a boiler exploded at the plant, police said.

Two workers died in the accident while five were seriously injured, police superintendent Jitendra Patra said.

Local media reported a third worker had also been killed, but Patra said he could not confirm the death.

He said police had arrested three officials from the plant on suspicion of negligence in connection with the accident.

He would not identify the officials.

A team from the Orissa government's labour ministry was also investigating the accident.

"We are awaiting the report of the boiler inspector," Patra said.

Officials of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Private Ltd declined to comment.

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