Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - Peeyush Khandelwal peeyush.khandelwal@htlive.com ▪

GHAZI­ABAD : Three per­sons, in­clud­ing two em­ploy­ees of a con­trac­tor firm, died after they tried to save one an­other in­side the deep well of a sewage pump­ing sta­tion in Ghazi­abad’s Loni town on Sun­day morn­ing. The op­er­a­tion of the sta­tion was en­trusted to a pri­vate firm by the Ut­tar Pradesh Jal Nigam.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, the pump­ing sta­tion is lo­cated near Dabur Talab Colony and re­ceives sewage from the nearby lo­cal­i­ties. The sewage is later pushed to a treat­ment plant at Sadul­labad.

Po­lice said that Roshan Lal, 40, a cleaner, and one of the em­ploy­ees of the con­trac­tor, had gone into the well around 9.50 am with the help of a lad­der to clear off garbage, which had got col­lected in­side the pump­ing sta­tion.

How­ever, when he could not come out after 10 min­utes, his col­league Ma­hesh, 35, went down and al­legedly fainted due to the pres­ence of toxic gases in­side the well, even­tu­ally get­ting drowned.

Shameem, a lo­cal, who un­der­took the ini­tial res­cue op­er­a­tion, said, “Two of us from the lo­cal­ity went down and tried to retrieve the vic­tims from the well. How­ever, due to the pres­ence of nox­ious gases in­side, I felt dizzy and climbed back. How­ever, the sec­ond man, who had gone down with me, fell in­side and could not come out.” The third vic­tim has been iden­ti­fied by the po­lice as Bul­bul, 26, who was a na­tive of Bareilly and a res­i­dent of Loni’s Nas­bandi Colony.

Soon after the in­for­ma­tion spread, po­lice and the fire depart­ment of­fi­cials ar­rived and alerted the res­cue team of the eighth bat­tal­ion of the National Dis­as­ter Re­sponse Force (NDRF) from Ghazi­abad.

The NDRF of­fi­cials said that the well was nearly 60-feet deep and had nearly 4 feet of wa­ter. There were toxic gases such as methane. “The team reached the spot by 12.20 pm and started the op­er­a­tion. Ma­hesh’s body was re­trieved around 1.10 pm, while the body of the 26 year old uniden­ti­fied man (Bul­bul) was re­trieved around 1.45 pm. The third body was taken out at around 2.15 pm,” said an of­fi­cer from NDRF.

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