Four die of asphyxiation while cleaning septic tank in Delhi

They had gone down to clean the tank in a household in the area but did not come out for long. They were later pulled out in an unconscious state by fire department personnel after an hour-long operation at around 10 in the morning. The incident occurred in Delhi's Ghitorni area.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:July 15, 2017 4:04 pm

Four sanitation workers died of asphyxiation while cleaning a septic tank in south Delhi’s Ghitorni area on Saturday, police said. Five men had gone down to clean the tank in a household in the area but did not come out for long. They were later pulled out in an unconscious state by fire department personnel after an hour-long operation at around 10 in the morning. It is suspected that they inhaled toxic gases inside the tank.

Three of them were taken to the Fortis Hospital, while the other two were taken to the AIIMS Trauma Centre and the Safdarjung Hospital. Four workers, identified as Swarn Singh (45), Dipu (28), Anil (23) and Balwinder (32), were declared brought dead. Jaspal, Swarn Singh’s son, is currently undergoing treatment at Fortis. All five are residents of Ambedkar Colony in Chhattarpur.

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    Urmila Duhan
    Jul 15, 2017 at 8:07 pm
    Safe gear must be provided for difficult and life threatening sanitation work. it is inhumane to ask ordinary, poor people to do such filthy work. someone should file a case in court to bring out the plight of sanitation workers for doing work in such inhumane conditions.
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    Hari Haran
    Jul 15, 2017 at 5:44 pm
    Delhi showed the moral quality of Supreme court order banning manual scavenger by killing two in a foul suffocation.
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