Two labourers died while another was rescued in time after they got buried under a heap of soil while installing sewage pipes in Jagat Nagar colony of Khanna town in Ludhiana district Wednesday.
Police said that five laborers were working on the site sans any safety kits. Three of them were had gone inside ten-feet deep pits while two standing above were handing over pipes to them. Soon the soil moved and three of those inside the pits were buried underneath. Two were pulled out dead while third was rushed to hospital.
Police said that the work was being executed by sewage board on the official orders of Khanna Municipal Council.
The deceased were identified as Chandan Paswan (30) and Dil Khush (24)- both natives of Bihar. Raman Kumar (23) who was pulled out alive was admitted at Civil Hospital Khanna. Police recorded his statement on the basis of which FIR has been registered against the contractor and engineer.
Inspector Kuljinder Singh SHO Khanna city-1 police station said that an FIR has been registered against the contractor Prem Kumar, engineer Gurwinder Singh and more names maybe nominated as probe progresses. They have been booked under sections 304-A (causing death due to negligence) and 34 (act done with common intention) of IPC. “Prima facie five men were working ten feet underneath sans any safety kits or equipment. We have booked contractor and Engineer. Work was being done on official orders of local Municipal Council and sewage board,” said SHO. He added that autopsies will be done Thursday and families of deceased were being informed. “Condition of third laborer is stable. He is conscious now but more tests will be done Thursday to diagnose internal injuries,” he added. Meanwhile local SAD councillor Jeet Singh questioned that with whose permission sewage board was getting such works done in late evening when there was no proper lighting and without safety gears.