Steel mills in the southern state of Karnataka are in the firing line, facing a brutal winter of protests and rioting in the wake of the death of a factory worker.
State government officials said the death in the town of Udaipur on Friday of two-year-old Ramchandra Jadhav was caused by a “malfunction” in a ventilation system.
The steel mill is owned by the Tata Steel Corporation, which has been accused of failing to pay the workers for their work.
The incident is being investigated by the state’s vigilance department, which was also notified of the incident by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
In March, a month after Jadhakar was killed, more than 40 people were killed in violence in the city that was triggered by a strike by the factory’s workers.
More than 2,000 people have been arrested.