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3 Manual Scavengers Die of Asphyxiation in Bengaluru Manhole

The tragic death of three labourers, who died of asphyxia inside a manhole in Bengaluru's CV Raman Nagar on Tuesday, has once again brought to the fore government apathy and the scourge of manual scavenging which is banned in India.

Nagarjun Dwarakanath | News18.com

Updated:March 7, 2017, 3:27 PM IST
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Three manual scavengers died of asphyxia inside a manhole in Bengaluru's CV Raman Nagar on Tuesday.

Bengaluru: The tragic death of three labourers, who died of asphyxia inside a manhole in Bengaluru's CV Raman Nagar on Tuesday, has once again brought to the fore the scourge of manual scavenging which is banned in India.

The labourers belonged to a private construction firm which had got a contract from Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) to lay sewage pipes.

The private company was told to repair one of the overflowing manhole. The contractor broke the law and asked his labourers to enter the manhole.

The event unfolded when one of them entered the manhole and did not return even after a long time. The second labourer entered to check on the first person. The third labourer then heard the cries for help and entered the drain to save his crew. Unfortunately, none of them returned alive.

Tushar Girinath, Chairman, BWSSB, said, "These drain contains toxic gases like Methane and has zero Oxygen. They are jetting machines that were supposed to be used, but the contractor didn't take any precaution. An internal enquiry will be carried out soon."

The bodies of the deceased has been taken for post-mortem and the government has announced Rs 10 lakh compensation for each of the victims.

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