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Indian agriculture worker in Italy abandoned with severed arm, dies

Italy’s labour minister called the incident as an ‘act of barbarity’ and said the authorities were investigating the incident and hoped that those responsible would be brought to justice.

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By: Shubham Ghosh

IN a shocking incident, an Indian farm worker employed in Italy lost his life on Wednesday (19) after he was left by the road following an accident that resulted in a severed arm.

Italy’s labour minister Marine Calderone informed the country’s parliament about the Indian national’s tragic death and called it an “act of barbarity”, AFP reported.

The victim, Satnam Singh, was seriously injured on Monday (17) while he was working on a farm in Latina, a rural location to the south of Rome where several thousands of Indian migrant workers live.

Addressing the parliament, Calderone said, “The Indian agricultural worker who suffered a serious accident in the countryside of Latina and was abandoned in very serious conditions… has died.”

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She added saying that it “was a true act of barbarity”. The minister also said that the authorities were investigating the incident and hoped that those responsible would be brought to justice.

The victim, who was 30 or 31 and working without legal papers, was cutting hay when the accident took place. An AFP report cited Italy’s Flai CGIL trade union as saying that Singh’s arm was sliced off by a machine.

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It also alleged that the injured worker was not helped and instead dumped “like a bag of rubbish near his home”, likening it to a “horror film”.

Police said they were called by Singh’s family and friends and an air ambulance was sent.

“He was flown to a hospital in Rome but he died (today) around midday,” a police spokesman in Latina was quoted as saying by AFP.

Italy’s centre-left Democratic Party condemned the incident which happened in an area which is known for exploitation of workers, as a “defeat of civilisation”.

“The fight against gangmasters and for dignified and human living and working conditions must continue to be our priority,” it said on X.

(With AFP inputs)

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