21-year-old killed as pit caves in

The New Indian Express - - CHENNAI -

A 21-year-old man who was work­ing at an un­der­ground tank, died af­ter the pit he was dig­ging, caved in. Po­lice said he was work­ing at the house of one Ra­manathan in Nee­lankarai on Satur­day, when the in­ci­dent hap­pened. The de­ceased, iden­ti­fied as S Ari­vazha­gan (21) a na­tive of Sankara­pu­ram at Kal­lakurichi, was work­ing in Chen­nai for the past one year, said the po­lice. Around six per­sons were work­ing in the house at Ka­paleeswarar street in Nee­lankarai around a kilo­me­ter away from the beach. Ari­vazha­gan, his mother and four oth­ers were in­volved in the work. “At around 5.15pm, while the men had al­ready dug a 12 feet deep and 6 feet wide pit at his house, they placed con­crete rings to hold the soil. Dur­ing the process, the base ring moved from the spot and Ari­vazha­gan jumped in­side to move it. But when he moved the heavy con­crete, the sand that was dug up, slipped and fell over him along with the con­crete rings,” said the po­lice. While the other men tried to save him, it took them more than 30 min­utes to clear the sand that cov­ered the pit. Mean­while, the fire and res­cue team was alerted and a team from Velach­ery and Thiru­van­miyur reached the spot and re­moved the con­crete rings. Ari­vazha­gan was found dead with his head be­ing smashed by the rings.

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