The body of a 28-year-old was found from an effluent treatment plant (ETP) tank of a hotel on Saturday night.
Pramod Kumar Shah was found was an employee of the hotel — Fortune Inn Grazia, which is a three star hotel in Noida Sector-27 run by the ITC Welcome Group.
While the hotel staff claimed that it was a case of accidental death, Shah’s family alleged foul play.
Shah was reportedly working at the plant for the last 5 to 6 months.
He lived in Sector 5, Noida, and hailed from Bihar.
The hotel’s general manager P. Srivastava said: “Around 8.30 p.m. on Saturday, he had gone on a routine check of the tank. When he did not return for a long time, we checked and found his body inside the tank.”
He said the police were immediately informed. “It was accidental death. We are cooperating with the police,” he said. Sub Inspector Vipin Kumar Rai who is investigating the case said: “On the front side of the hotel, there is a 20 feet by 15 feet underground tank in which the effluent treatment plant is installed.”
It has stairs, which is used by the staff when they go in for maintenance and routine tests. “The body was found inside the tank,” he said.
The tank’s lid was found closed which has made the family members suspicious.
The victim's brother alleged the case to be a murder.
The hotel management said it was routine to close the tank lid to avoid accidental fall of workers.
“Family members claimed they were not allowed to go into the tank to see how he died. Management staff said they were stopped to avoid to another mishap,” said Rai.
Police have sent the body for post mortem.