Vinay Sirohi did not have an off on Diwali. The 22-year-old valve operator at the Keshopur STP didn’t want to go to work that day, but he needed to save his leaves as he was planning to take a few days off for a wedding.
While leaving for work Wednesday, he told Rachna, his wife of 11 months, that he would be back home by 3 pm, before Diwali celebrations began.
At 2 pm, his family received a call from officials at the West Delhi plant, informing them that Sirohi had gone missing.
His mother Seema, who also works at the plant, said,“Had I been there, my son would not have died.” She accused the DJB and the company which runs the plant of negligence. “How did they let him go in to that area on his own? There were no helpers with him,” she said.
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Sirohi had finished high school two years ago and was pursuing graduation through a long distance course. He had taken up the job as his family was facing financial difficulties.
“We would have completed one year of our marriage on December 18. When he said he did not want to work on Diwali, I asked him to go to work. Now, he will never come back,” said Rachna.