Two welders in their twenties died while working on maintenance of a sewage tank in Noida sector 6 Wednesday afternoon, said police.
The deceased were identified as Mukesh (23) and Jaiprakash Rajwar (28). They had gone to the sewage tank, located less than 500 metres from the Noida Authority, around 1.30 pm for maintenance work, police added. “The tank, about 10 ft deep, had a lot of sludge. After rains, water accumulates there and has to be pumped out through a motor. The two men had reached the spot to change the motor,” said Gaurav Grover, Deputy Superintendent of Police, City-1, Gautam Budh Nagar.
The police said while trying to change the motor so that rainwater could be pumped out, one of them fell into the tank. “One of them fell on his head and the other tried to rescue him. The tank was quite deep and the second person also fell and got grievously injured,” said Grover.
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Mukesh and Rajwar, who worked with a private company, were rushed to Kailash Hospital in Noida. “They were brought dead. The bodies were handed over to the police,” said a spokesperson of the hospital.
Family and friends of the deceased said their death could have been due to release of gases from the sewage tank. “There are gases which are released in such sewage tanks. It is possible that they lost consciousness and died because of that,” said Mukesh’s cousin, Sonu.
One of Mukesh’s friends said, “A pipe had been leaking in the tank and they were also trying to replace that. A set of safety precautions needs to be followed when such work is undertaken. The company they worked for had been given a tender for maintenance of such sewage tanks. It needs to be investigated whether the safety norms were being followed.”
While the police have not received a complaint in the case and no FIR has been registered, the bodies were sent for post-mortem examination. “The cause of death will be clear in the post-mortem report. We are expecting the report tomorrow. Gases do get released at sewage tanks, but if it happened in this case, it will come out in the post-mortem report,” said Grover.
Rajwar’s uncle, Ganesh, said, “He had been working as a welder for 10 years at Anand Electronics. We are employed by the same company. Today, I was working in the factory, while he had gone out to work.”
Rajwar was from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and had been living in Noida sector 8 for the last 10 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Mukesh had been living in Noida for around a year. Sonu said, “He used to live alone here. We have been living in Noida for sometime. He came here looking for a job after his father died. We had assured his mother, my aunt, that we will take care of him. We are returning to Siwan with his body.”