Four labourers were on Thursday night buried alive under sacks of rice at a godown in Outer Delhi’s Alipur.
The labourers were sleeping in the godown inside Jivan Ram rice mill in Hamidpur when the stacked rice bags collapsed on them, police said. The dead were identified as Pawan (37), Santosh (24), Lal Toon (23) and Manoj (22).
Another labourer, Ashok Yadav, who was sleeping some 50 metres away from the victims, raised alarm in the morning when he did not find them and saw at least 50 bags of rice, each weighing 50 kg, had come down at the place where the victims were sleeping. When the sacks were removed, the four were found dead under them.
Police received a call around 9.40 am. A case under Section 304A (negligence) of IPC was registered. The victims were rushed to Babu Jagjivan Ram hospital, where they were declared dead on arrival. Their families have been informed, police said. Pawan is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. Santosh, Lal Toon and Manoj were not married.
“All four labourers were from Samastipur district of Bihar. They had been employed around two months ago. They used to pack rice in sacks, load or unload them for transportation. The were sleeping in the godown near the rice stacks to beat the cold,” a local resident said.