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Two labourers die while working inside septic tank

New Delhi: Two persons died while three others injured after they went inside the septic tank in Prem Nagar area of Rohini district on Tuesday.

Police said that labourers were forced to go inside the tank.

Police identified the deceased as Ganesh Shah (35) and Deepak (20).

The victim has been identified as Bablu (40), Sher Singh (40) and Ranbir Singh (33).

The deceased lived in Bhagya Vihar area and worked as labourers.

Chief Fire Officer (DFS) Atul Garg said that they received a call around 2:20 pm regarding the incident and three fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

"The total time taken to complete the operation was two hours. We took out the victims and they were rushed to the hospital," said Garg.

Another fire official said that the victims were not wearing any kind of safety equipment.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) SD Mishra told Millennium Post that with the help of stairs, all the persons went inside the tank and later became unconscious.

"The residents pull them up and they were taken to hospital," said DCP Mishra. Police was informed about the incident.

DCP further added that from the last five years, the tank was never opened.

"First they (victims) pump out the water from the machine and later they went inside the tank," added DCP.

DCP said that one Gulam Mustafa is having a semi built 40 sq. Yards plot in Bhagya Vihar. A few days back, he started construction work.

"The house is having a 10 feet deep 6×7 feet septic tank. Mustafa and Rambir (mason) forced the labourer to go down in the tank for cleaning," said DCP.

DCP further added that though labourer refused to clean the tank as they were not trained but Mustafa and Rambir forced them to go inside the tank after threatening them for not paying their three days wages.

"The compelled labourers went inside the tank and fell unconscious. Rambir also went in the tank when he didn't get any response and fell unconscious too due to poisonous gases," said DCP.

A case under sections 304/34 of IPC, 3(J) SC/ST Act, 5/8 Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers & Rehabilitation Act.

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