Three die of poisonous gases while cleaning sewer in Noida, contractor missing
RWA president of Shramik Kunj, Sector 110 said the sewer line was overflowing and Noida authority had been requested to get it cleaned with a pressure machine.noida Updated: Sep 22, 2017 13:47 IST
Three sanitation workers were killed after allegedly inhaling poisonous gases inside a sewer in Noida’s Sector 110 on Thursday afternoon.
Police said the men, identified as Rajesh, 28, Vikas, 24 and Ravinder, 25, died while trying to pull each other out of the sewer.
JP Mandal, RWA president of Shramik Kunj, Sector 110 said the sewer line was overflowing and Noida authority had been requested to get it cleaned with a pressure machine.
The incident took place around 4pm near Sector 110 market. According to police, the three workers worked under a contractor Sohan Veer, a resident of Sector 12, and were tasked to clean the sewer line.
One of the workers, police said, first went inside the manhole to clean it. But, when he did not come out for long, a second man jumped inside the sewer to save him. Police said when there was no response from the two workers, a third worker entered the manhole.
They were being watched by a supervisor, who called the contractor, after the third man stopped responding to his calls. The incident created chaos in the area following which a team of police reached the spot and tried to fish out the bodies.
After three hours, the bodies of the three men were brought out from the manhole and were taken to the district hospital, where doctors declared them brought dead.
Shawez Khan, station house officer of Phase-2, police station, said, “We have not yet registered a case yet. The contractor has gone missing after the incident. His phone number is also switched off.”
Arun Kumar Singh, superintendent of police (city) said, “Police teams along with fire service officials and Noida authority officials rushed to the spot to recover the bodies. A JCB earthmover was also pressed into service.”
The Noida authority chief executive officer Alok Tandon on Thursday announced a compensation of R10 lakh each for the three victims.