Owner among 3 who died in il­le­gal fac­tory’s tank

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - Ayaskant.Das@

Ghazi­abad: The owner of an il­le­gal pickle-mak­ing fac­tory in Ghazi­abad, his son and a labourer died of sus­pected suf­fo­ca­tion on Sun­day morn­ing when they de­scended into a 10ft-deep tank where raw ma­te­ri­als were mixed with water and other chem­i­cals.

Po­lice said Praveen Jaiswal (35), the owner’s son, had de­scended into the tank first with the help of a lad­der and col­lapsed within sec­onds. See­ing this, his 60-year-old fa­ther Luv Kush Jaiswal, a Delhi res­i­dent, got down to res­cue his son, but he, too, fainted. Hri­day Raj Dubey, a labourer from the lo­cal­ity in Tron­ica City, rushed to res­cue the fa­ther-son duo, but he also fell into the knee-deep water that was there at the tank.

Po­lice said the pickle-mak­ing unit had been op­er­at­ing from a 50 square yard house in Daulat Na­gar of Tron­ica City for the past three years. The tank, in which the three men died, is 10ft deep and spans 8x12sqft, and was used to mix raw ma­te­ri­als with spices and preser­va­tives. On Sun­day, it was filled with knee-deep water. A lo­cal res­i­dent in­formed po­lice.

An NDRF team later reached the spot, but the bod­ies had been taken out by then. “A 10-mem­ber team was rushed to the fac­tory with safety gear and chem­i­cal and bi­o­log­i­cal anal­y­sis equip­ment. But by then, the po­lice had re­cov­ered all the bod­ies. Our of­fi­cials ex­am­ined the house where the fac­tory had been set up and found huge quan­ti­ties of car­bon monox­ide and hy­dro­gen sul­phide,” NDRF spokesper­son Vas­ant Pawade said.

Po­lice said it was a lo­cal res­i­dent, Gau­rav Puri, who had called up the con­trol room around 9.30am. “The fac­tory had been run­ning sur­rep­ti­tiously from a sin­gle-room house. From out­side, no one could tell there was a fac­tory with a tank run­ning in it. The re­main­ing por­tion of the area, apart from the tank, was used to store raw ma­te­ri­als, chem­i­cals and pick­les in­side drums. The fac­tory owner did not live on the premises,” said Shyam Veer Singh, the SHO of Tron­ica City po­lice sta­tion.

Po­lice said Luv Kush Jaiswal lived with his fam­ily in Karawal Na­gar of Delhi. An FIR un­der Sec­tion 304A of the IPC (caus­ing death due to neg­li­gence) has been reg­is­tered at Tron­ica City po­lice sta­tion. “The fac­tory owner has been named as an ac­cused in the FIR even though he died. Prima fa­cie, the deaths seem to have oc­curred from suf­fo­ca­tion. But we are await­ing the au­topsy re­port to know the ex­act cause,” Ghazi­abad SSP Vaib­hav Kr­ishna said.

“It ap­pears the pickle fac­tory had been shut for the past 15 days. The fa­ther-son duo had ar­rived at the unit on Sun­day morn­ing. They had en­tered in­side the tank to clean it prob­a­bly to re­sume pro­duc­tion,” ad­di­tional district mag­is­trate Jee­tendra Sharma said.

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