November 14, 2015 1:37:32 am
Preliminary investigation has found no foul play in the death of Vinay Sirohi, a contractual worker whose body was found inside a sewage pipe, police said Friday.
The body of Sirohi (22), a valve operator at the Keshopur Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), was found inside the pipe at the STP in Vikas Puri Thursday.
According to officials of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), which runs the plant, Sirohi had gone missing on Wednesday morning. On Thursday, police had received a call from an employee of the STP, informing them that there was a body in one of the pipelines. “Police had to use gas cutters to cut through the pipe, after which the body was recovered,” said an officer.
DJB officials had claimed that some messages and call records from Sirohi’s phone had been deleted in the last three days. Police, however, said Sirohi’s mobile phone connection had been discontinued six days ago as he had not paid his bill.
Sirohi was accompanied by another contractual worker when he entered the digester, the tank where sewage is treated, said the police.
“According to Sirohi’s wife Rachna’s statement, his phone service had been discontinued for six days. The claims by DJB officials, about Sirohi entering the pipe alone, are inaccurate. He was accompanied by another contractual worker, who saw him enter the pipeline,” said a senior police official.
However, DJB officials maintained that Sirohi was alone when he had entered the pipeline.
“He went by himself. There could be many angles to the incident… the matter is with the police now. Before entering the pipe, he had kept aside his clothes, watch, wallet and the keys to his motorcycle. Some messages and call records from his phone had also been deleted in the last three days,” said a DJB official.
Investigation had earlier revealed that Sirohi went inside the pipeline at about 11.30 am on Wednesday to fix a leak and accidentally slipped into a connected pipeline.
“After recording the statements of some employees, it came to light that he was neither wearing a helmet nor a face mask,” said an officer. Following the incident, officials of the STP are likely to issue an advisory for operators and workers about the safety precautions to be taken.
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