Two workers asphyxiated in manhole

Contractor Srinivas booked for causing death of sanitation employees due to negligence

March 16, 2017 02:13 am | Updated 02:13 am IST - VIJAYAWADA

Shell-shocked:  Family members of sanitation workers grieving at the GGH in Vijayawada on Wednesday.

Shell-shocked: Family members of sanitation workers grieving at the GGH in Vijayawada on Wednesday.

Two sanitation workers of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation asphyxiated inside 15-foot-deep UGD on Wednesday near Housing Board Colony of Bhavanipuram.

According to the Bhavanipuram police, the two victims are contract workers K. Rambabu, 48 and P. Venkateswara Rao, 50 who live at Kabela centre and Jakkampudi village respectively. K. Durga Rao, who fell unconscious in the incident, was rushed to the government hospital and is undergoing treatment.

Rescue bid proves fatal

Police said that K. Rambabu, who was about was making arrangements for daughter’s marriage, visited the manhole where his co-workers were involved in cleaning the UGD. AS there were not enough hands to remove a dummy in the UGD line, Rambabu was asked to help.

“After getting in, Rambabu suffocated and did not respond to calls. P. Venkateswara Rao and Durga Rao tried to rescue Rambabu and in the meanwhile, Rao also died,” a police officer said.

In his complaint to the police, Rambabu’s son Vijaychand said that his father was working with the Corporation for the past 18 years under the supervision of the AE. Police initially registered a case under section 174 of CrPc and later altered it to Section 304(A) of IPC. Sanitation contractor D. Srinivas was booked for causing death due to negligence.

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