Four sanitation workers died in Haryana’s Hisar district on Tuesday while cleaning a sewage tank.
The deceased are Surender Kumar (28), Mahender Singh (25) and Rajesh (26) – all residents of Hisar’s Budha Khera village. The fourth worker, Rahul Kumar (27) is from Rohtak’s Hassangarh village.
“The families of the victims have been informed and action will be taken after registering a first information report,” Hindustan Times quoted the Hisar police spokesperson Vikas Kumar as saying.
An villager told the newspaper that three sanitation workers jumped into a 50-feet-deep manhole after Surender Kumar did not come out for a while.
“When Surender did not return, Rahul Kumar climbed down. When Surender fell unconscious inside after inhaling the toxic gases, others climbed down to save him and also died,” he said.
Villagers and families of the deceased staged a protest, demanding Rs 1 crore compensation and a government job for one family member each, Indian Express reported.
They refused to perform the last rites till their demands were met.
“This is a direct result of the criminal negligence of the BJP-JJP [Jannayak Janta Party] government and disregard for security rules,” Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted. “Action should be taken by registering an FIR and the families should get compensation.”