A week on, an­other man dies in­side sewer

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New Delhi: A 28-year-old man died while clean­ing a DJB sewer pit in west Delhi’s Dabri on Fri­day evening. The in­ci­dent comes less than a week af­ter the death of five work­ers in­side a sewage pipe of DLF Cap­i­tal Greens in Moti Na­gar. The per­son who had called him to clean the sewer had a panic at­tack af­ter his death and was ar­rested af­ter be­ing dis­charged from hos­pi­tal on Sun- VIC­TIM: day evening.

The vic­tim, Anil, was not wear­ing any safety gear. He had been handed over an old rope by the ac­cused to go in­side the sewer de­spite re­peated warn­ings by an­other labourer who had been asked to help him.

The in­ci­dent took place around 7pm. Anil was a well­known cleaner on street num­ber 3 of Dabri’s Vaishali Ex­ten­sion. He used to ad­ver­tise A 28-year-old died while clean­ing this sewer in Dabri, west Delhi clean the sewer.

“Since it wouldn’t have taken much time and I was on a break when Sat­bir ap­proached me, I thought of mak­ing ex­tra money by as­sist­ing Anil. When I reached there, I saw Sat­bir ty­ing a worn-out, old rope around Anil’s waist. I asked him to get a bet­ter rope, but he re­fused to lis­ten. He said that Anil had been paid for the job and I shouldn’t in­ter­fere,” Ramesh said.

Ramesh added that he had read about the re­cent deaths in sew­ers, so wanted Anil to be cau­tious when he went down to clean the pipe.

“Anil was down barely 30 sec­onds into the sewer when sud­denly I felt the pipe break. I was hold­ing it from out­side. Anil screamed and I im­me­di­ately alerted Sat­bir, but the pipe broke and he fell down the deep pit. A PCR call was made and soon po­lice teams and fire ten­ders reached there to start the res­cue op­er­a­tion,” Ramesh said. Anil was pulled out and rushed to a hos­pi­tal where he was de­clared brought dead.

The vic­tim lived with a woman and her two chil­dren. His par­ents had died a few years ago.

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