Three Sanitation Workers Die Inside Sewage Tank in MP’s Singrauli; FIR Against Company

Bhopal: In a horrific incident on Friday evening, three plumbing workers suffocated in a sewage chamber in the Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh.

According to the police it is Incident occurred on Friday afternoon in the village of Kachni, Waidhan area, when an underground sewage tank was being repaired by Delhi-based KK Spun Private Limited. The municipal utilities commissioned the company to repair and purify the wastewater.

“The deceased, Kanhaiyalal Yadav, 35, and Indrabhan Singh, 24, entered the tank but passed out immediately. Minutes later, the private contractor who employed them allegedly forced Nagendra Rajak, 30, another worker into the tank Tank, but he also passed out after inhaling the poisonous gases, “said Singrauli Police Commissioner Virendra Kumar Singh.

When all three workers in the sewage tank passed out, the police were called and the three were pulled out with the help of the State Disaster Response Force and the Central Industrial Security Force. They were taken to a hospital where they were pronounced dead. The cause of death appeared to be asphyxiation and inhalation of toxic gas, the SP said, adding that autopsy reports were expected.

Civil engineer Uttam Kumar and supervisor Salauddin Khan and others at Waidhan Police Station were brought to trial under Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) (culpable homicide not equivalent to murder).

In addition, Singrauli collector Rajeev Ranjan Meena confirmed that the trio died due to the negligence of corporate officials posted under the relevant sections of the IPC. “I will ensure that the families of the deceased receive all benefits and voluntary benefits provided for in the established laws and have ordered strict measures against the company that is solely responsible for the deaths.”

Manual cleanup is in India according to the Manual Scavengers Prohibition and Rehabilitation Law of 2013. However, due to poor implementation of the law, the dangerous practice, involving mostly Dalit lower castes, continues across the country. In addition, plumbing workers are often not provided with mandatory safety equipment, resulting in their injuries or death from toxic fumes in manholes or septic tanks.

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