A week on, another man dies inside sewer
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.