Delhi govt forms vigilance committee to probe sewer deaths

Evrard Martin
Août 13, 2017

In the last two months alone, a total of seven sewer deaths were reported in Delhi in separate incidents.

A fireman who tried to rescue the three lost balance and slipped, injuring his head.The brothers, Jahangir (24) and Izaz (22), lost consciousness right after they entered the tank in the basement of Aggarwal Fun City Mall, police said. Police said their 50-year-old father and a firefighter who had entered the sewer to rescue the victims are hospitalised after they too fell unconscious. Speaking to TOI on Saturday, Gautam said private contractors and individuals were not adhering to rules.

All of them were rushed to the Hedgewer Hospital, where Jahangir was declared dead on arrival while Izaz died during treatment.

When asked about the deaths, the DCP said that the two didn't have any safety equipment on and no one has been arrested so far.

Three sanitation workers went into a clogged sewage tank in Shahdara on Saturday, but only one of them returned alive. She said a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder will be registered.

The move comes after two brothers died of a similar incident in Anand Vihar today.

Earlier, on August 7, three men died allegedly after inhaling toxic fumes while cleaning a sewer pipe in southeast Delhi's Lajpat Nagar.

A section in the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act prohibits "hazardous cleaning" of a sewer or a septic tank without "protective gear and other devices and ensuring observance of safety precautions".

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