Four labourers were killed while three were hospitalised on Tuesday after they came in contact with poisonous gases while trying to clean a sewage treatment plant in Rai town of Sonepat district.
The deceased have been identified as Shakunta (36), Sheikh Sarfaraz (18), Lakho (26) and Dharmender (25), all migrated from UP and Bihar, police said.
According to the police, seven labourers were called by a contractor to clean the sewage treatment plant at a local sweets shop in Rai. Police said two of them went down the plant without any masks or any other safety equipment. When they complained of breathlessness, the others followed and got trapped in the range of poisonous gases coming out of the STP.
Rescue teams were called to pull out the bodies of the deceased from the plant at late night. “The three admitted to the hospital are now out of danger,” SHO Rai Wazir Akram said. A case against the contractor, who had brought the labourers, has been registered at Rai police station. He is on the run.
Recently, five labourers were killed in Jind village when they came in contact with poisonous gases while trying to revive a dysfunctional borewell to cope up with the shortage of water in their village.