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Two sewermen choke to death inside manhole at Ludhiana’s Miller Ganj

In another incident of dire negligence on part of the municipal corporation, two sewermen were asphyxiated by poisonous gases after they went down a manhole to clean a sewer line at Nirankari Mohalla in Millar Gunj area on Friday. Both were working without safety gear. One of them died trying to rescue his colleague after he fainted inside the sewer line.

punjab Updated: Sep 17, 2016 15:02 IST
HT Correspondent
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Grieving relatives of the deceased at the civil hospital in Ludhiana on Friday.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

In another incident of dire negligence on part of the municipal corporation, two sewermen were asphyxiated by poisonous gases after they went down a manhole to clean a sewer line at Nirankari Mohalla in Millar Gunj area on Friday. Both were working without safety gear. One of them died trying to rescue his colleague after he fainted inside the sewer line.

The two men were rushed to the civil hospital where the doctors declared them brought dead. The deceased are 27-year-old Sonu of Dhandari Kalan and 40-year-old Mehar Chand of Model Town.

While Sonu is survived by his wife and two sons, Chand is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. Employees said Sonu lived in a joint family and was the sole breadwinner of the house.

What happened?

Following a complaint by residents, Sonu, Chand and other sewermen were deputed to clear the choked sewer line at Nirankari Mohalla.

Sonu went down the manhole and passed out, following which Chand went inside to rescue the youngster and fainted as a result.

Though other employees were present, nobody except another sewerman Kuldeep Kala dared enter the manhole. Kala, however, is safe even after he inhaled the same gases inside the manhole.

Junior engineer pulls out victims

While no other employee, including a nambardar, was brave enough to enter the manhole, junior engineer Kamal deputed at Giaspura area reached the spot and entered the manhole after around 15-20 minutes of the incident. He pulled the two out and tried to revive them.

Karamcharis want FIRs against ‘guilty’

The municipal karamchari dal demanded FIRs against officers, including the JE and SDO of the zone, who were allegedly not present at the spot when the incident happened. Union members also staged a protest at the civil hospital.

Union president Laxman Dravid alleged that it was the negligence of the officials that the sewermen went into the manhole without safety kits. He further added that they wanted swift police action against the guilty and will take up the matter with the MC’s higher authorities.

MC refutes allegations

Executive engineer Nachhatar Singh refuted allegations and said safety kits were provided to the sewermen and they will look into the matter to ascertain why this happened.

Assistant sub-inspector Onkar Singh said police will take appropriate action after recording the statement of the kin of the deceased.