The rescue operation initiated by the administration and police in Khanna after the cave-in claimed the lives of two labourers.(HT Photo)
The rescue operation initiated by the administration and police in Khanna after the cave-in claimed the lives of two labourers.(HT Photo)

Death of two labourers in Khanna: Engineer, contractor booked for negligence

The two were buried alive while digging a roadside to lay pipes in Jagat Colony on Lalheri Road of Khanna town on November 20
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2019 11:19 PM IST

Ludhiana

A sewerage and water supply department engineer and a contractor were on Thursday booked for causing death due to negligence after two labourers were buried alive while digging a roadside to lay pipes in Jagat Colony on Lalheri Road of Khanna town on Wednesday evening.

The accused, engineer Gurwinder Singh and contractor Prem Kumar, are yet to be arrested.

The labourers were working on the project to lay pipes for sewage disposal as part of the central government’s Atal
Mission for Rejuvenation
and Urban Transformation (Amrut) scheme when the incident occurred on Wednesday night.

While the sewerage treatment plant for Khanna is ready, the project of laying sewerage pipes is on. However, work has been stalled temporarily after the incident.

The case was registered under Sections 304-A and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and an inquiry ordered.

The bodies of the labourers, Chandan Kumar, 30, and Dilkhush, 24, both from Bihar, were sent to the civil hospital for autopsy.

WITHOUT SAFETY GEAR

According to eye-witnesses, six labourers were digging up the roadside to lay the pipes. As the street is only 15 feet wide, the labourers were heaping up the soil at the street corner. When they were about to finish work for the day, the heap caved in on three of them.

The three other labourers had a narrow escape as they had just come out of the pit. They raised the alarm following which rescue was started.

One of the three labourers, Raman Kumar, 23, was rescued and rushed to hospital but it took 30 minutes to pull out Chandan and Dilkhush, who were declared brought dead.

The labourers were working without safety gear.

Though sub divisional magistrate Sandeep Singh was at the site along with the police, rescue was delayed as the street was too narrow for the earth digging machine.

The rescue team had to break ramps of houses on the street to make way for the machine. The operation was hampered by darkness, too.

Demanding a probe, Khanna Youth Akali Dal leader Yadwinder Singh Yadu and councillor Rajinder Singh said the work was being conducted by the
sewerage board in the dark without proper lighting and safety equipment.

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