Pit-cleaning incident in Shivajinagar: Second labourer too dies

Updated - January 29, 2020 11:30 pm IST

Published - January 29, 2020 02:04 pm IST - Benglauru

A second labourer, who had entered a pit in Shivajinagar to clean it on January 25, died on Wednesday. One person had died the same day.

Muniyanna, 50, and Siddappa, 19, had been engaged by SSBS Jain Sangh Trust for the cleaning work. When Siddappa entered the pit, he soon stopped communicating with others. Worried, Muniyanna went down the pit to rescue him, but fell unconscious. They were rescued and rushed to the nearby Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital.

While Siddappa was declared brought dead, Muniyanna was being treated in an Intensive Care Unit, where he succumbed on Wednesday.

A team led by National Commission for Safai Karamcharis member Jagadish Hiremani and officials of Social Welfare Department visited the trust office and the hospital.

When confronted by social activists on the delay in action against the accused, the team members assured them that they had instructed the police to track down the absconding accused within two days.

Commercial Street Police arrested Trilok Chandra, vice president of the trust, on Tuesday.

The NCSK officials also said compensation will be given to the family members of the deceased. They will also hold a meeting with the BBMP and the BWSSB officials to ensure such incidents do not recur.

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