Two labour­ers die of as­phyx­i­a­tion while clean­ing tank

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HT PUNJAB & HARYANA - Hardik Anand hardik.anand@hin­dus­tan­

RO­HTAK :Two mi­grant labour­ers from Bi­har died of as­phyx­i­a­tion while clean­ing a pe­tro­leum tank at a fac­tory in Ro­htak’s Sam­pla town­ship on Fri­day. The de­ceased have been iden­ti­fied as Ro­hit Ku­mar, 19, and Ranjeet Ku­mar, 22, both res­i­dents of Ch­hapra city in Bi­har. An­other worker Jogin­der Ku­mar of Bi­har’s Muz­za­farpur was ad­mit­ted at the Post Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences (PGIMS) in Ro­htak, where he re­ceived treat­ment but was said to be miss­ing later.

Po­lice said the labour­ers worked at Shiva Pe­tro­leum fac­tory in Hasan­garh vil­lage of Ro­htak. The fac­tory has 13 work­ers and makes mo­bil oil. On Fri­day, Ro­hit went down to clean an empty pe­tro­leum tank. When he did not re­turn for a long time, Ranjeet went down to check on him. When he, too, did not re­turn nor re­sponded to other work­ers’ calls, Jogin­der went down the tank, and found both work­ers ly­ing un­con­scious. He shouted for help, fol­low­ing which, other work­ers man­aged to pull him out im­me­di­ately, though he too went un­con­scious.

The other work­ers then used ropes to pull out the other two labour­ers, and rushed them to the PGIMS where doc­tors pro­nounced Ro­hit and Ranjeet dead dur­ing treat­ment.

In­spec­tor Kul­bir Singh, SHO of Sam­pla po­lice sta­tion, said they have handed the bod­ies of the de­ceased to their fam­i­lies af­ter post­mortem. He said the third labourer, Jogin­der, went miss­ing from PGIMS af­ter get­ting pri­mary treat­ment.

“We have launched a search to find Jogin­der. We sus­pect that he could have been taken away by the fac­tory owner so he could not reg­is­ter his state­ment. Once we find him, we will know whether the fac­tory owner fol­lowed re­quired pro­to­col and pro­vided safety gears to the labour­ers for clean­ing the tank,” he said.

The SHO said they have reg­is­tered a case of neg­li­gence against the fac­tory owner on state­ments re­ceived from the fam­ily mem­bers of the de­ceased. “We will fur­ther add sec­tions in the FIR once we get the state­ment from the miss­ing la­borer as well,” the SHO said.

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