Three manual scavengers die in Bengaluru manhole

The contractor, who is responsible for the safety of workers and is mandated to ensure that they use protective gear, is absconding.

Three manual scavengers die in Bengaluru manhole

Three manual scavengers died of suffocation when they entered into a 15-ft pipe to decongest the manhole in Bengaluru on Tuesday morning.

According to initial reports, the deceased were Yerraiah (35), Anjaneya Reddy (34) and Dhavathi Naidu (40) -  all working for Ramkay enterprises, a contractor employed by BWSSB. One of the men went into the manhole in the wee hours of the morning, at around 12.30 am, without any protective gear as a manhole outside the Dominos Pizza outlet in the CV Raman Nagar locality began overflowing,

The News Minute reported.

When the first man did not come out of the hole, another man entered.

Soon, the two men could not breathe as the deathly fumes engulfed them. Hearing their screams for help, their driver, Dhavathi Naidu (40), also entered the manhole.

Naidu was not able to rescue his colleagues, and all three of them died.

The bodies were retrieved a few hours later.

The contractor, who is responsible for the safety of workers and is mandated to ensure that they use protective gear, is absconding. The police are on the lookout for the owners of Ramkay enterprises, who are based out of Andhra Pradesh.

A case has been filed against BBMP and BWSSB under IPC 304 (rash or negligent act resulting in culpable homicide) at the Bypanahalli police station in the city.

BWSSB Chief Engineer Manjunath said the BWSSB would never have employed manual scavengers.

The bodies of the three men, all hailing from Andhra Pradesh, have been shifted to Bowring hospital in the city.