Expressing shock over the recent death of three labourers, who died due to asphyxiation while clearing a soak pit in Kolar Gold Fields (KGF), the Karnataka Tamil Makkal Iyakkam (KTMI) urged the Government to take steps to stop the practice of manual scavenging.

In a statement here, KTMI president C. Rajan said the Government should provide equipment to all corporations and municipalities using which clearing soak pit and such other work becomes easier and deaths of pourakarmikas due to asphyxiation can be prevented.

“We strongly condemn the government bodies for allowing such abhorrent, inhuman and heinous practice of manual scavenging”, Mr. Rajan said.

He said the kin of the each of the deceased should be given a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh. “A Government job should be provided to one of the family members of the deceased immediately”, he added.

Protests staged

Staff Correspondent from Tumkur reports:

Members of the Tumkur Zilla Pourakarmikara Sangha under the banner of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) staged a protest here on Wednesday condemning the death of three Dalit pourakarmikas who died while cleaning a soak pit in K.G.F in Kolar district.

The agitators alleged that the “death of the pourakarmikas is a government-sponsored murder for which Deputy Commissioner of Kolar and Muncipal Commissioner of K.G.F must be held responsible.

President of the People's Union for Civil Liberties K. Dorairaj alleged that the State Government had failed to prevent deaths of pourakarmikas cleaning the soak pit. He demanded that criminal case must be registered against Muncipal Commissioner of K.G.F.

Mr. Dorairaj condemned the action of Deputy Commissioner of Kolar for ordering lathi-charge on Dalit families instead of consoling them.

District president of the Tumkur Zilla Pourakarmikara Sangha Syed Mujeeb demanded K.G.F. Muncipal Commissioner the first accused (A1) in the case. He demanded action against officials concerned who allow although it has been banned.

He urged the State Government to pay Rs. 10 lakh compensation and to provide a government job to each of the victim's family. Mr. Syed Mujeeb demanded regularisation of the services of pourakarmikas working under contract in the State.

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