Ludhiana: Five labourers were allegedly made to install sewage pipes without necessary safety gear in Jagat Nagar colony of Khanna town, Ludhiana. Two of the labourers died after being buried under a heap of soil while installing the pipes while one was rescued just in time.
The deceased were identified as Chandan Paswan and Dil Khush. Both Dil Khush and Chandan Paswan hailed from Bihar. The third labourer, Raman Kumar was taken to Civil Hospital Khanna and is said to be in a stable condition.
On Wednesday, five labourers were asked to install sewer pipes in Jagat Nagar colony. Three of them stepped into ten-feet deep pits while two of them stood outside to hand over the pipes. None of the labourers was provided with safety gear.
The workers were installing the pipes when the soil inside the pits moved and the three of them were buried under it. Two of them died inside the pit while one of them was rescued in time and rushed to the hospital.
According to the police, the installation was being carried out by the sewage board on the orders of the Khanna Municipal Corporation. After being informed, the police registered a case against the contractor and engineer who contacted the five labourers.
Labh Singh, station house officer of Khanna city-1 police station said that contractor Prem Kumar and engineer Gurwinder Singh have been booked. Prem Kumar and Gurwinder Singh have been booked under section 304-A (causing death due to negligence) and section 34 (act done with common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Labh Singh said, "Prima facie, five men were working ten feet underneath sans any safety kits or equipment. We have booked the contractor and engineer. Work was being done on official orders of local Municipal Council and sewage board. " Raman Kumar is stable and is undergoing treatment. More tests will be conducted to find out if he has sustained internal injuries.