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Septic Tank Deaths: Factory Owner Booked For Murder | Gurgaon News

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Gurgaon: A day after four workers died and two others were hospitalised after allegedly inhaling poisonous gases in a septic tank at a factory in Bahadurgarh, police on Thursday arrested the plant supervisor and booked him as well as the owner and the unit head for murder.
While police said they did not find any safety equipment during an inspection of the spot, deputy commissioner Shakti Singh also ordered an inquiry into the deaths at Charminar Aeroflex located in the Rohad industrial area. The factory manufactures gasket-sealing material.
In fact, the FIR was filed at Asauda police station under sections 302 (murder) and 34 (common intention) of IPC against owner Hitesh Dingra, supervisor Vihswas and plant head Atul, on a complaint from the father of one of the deceased, Ajay.
The complainant, Ram Sumiran, also a worker at the factory, said the tank was not cleaned for many days and all the workers had initially refused to go in to remove the sludge without any protective gear but the supervisor kept on insisting.
The deceased were identified as Rajbeer (26), Jagatpal (22), Prakash (30) and Ajay (25), all from Uttar Pradesh. Two other workers undergoing treatment at a private hospital have been identified as Vikas and Mayank Patel.
In his complaint, Ram Sumiran claimed that Vikas was the first one to get inside the tank with a shovel to remove the sludge stuck in the bottom.
“But the very moment he started shovelling, Vikas fell unconscious. When Vikas didn’t respond to repeated calls by the other workers, Mayank climbed down to get him out but he too fell unconscious. One by one, Rajbeer, Prakash, Ajay and Jagatpal entered the tank but didn’t come out.”
The workers were finally pulled out with the help of a crane by others present on the spot and taken to Jeevan Jyoti Hospital. All of them, except Vikas and Mayank, were declared dead on arrival.
“We have arrested supervisor Vihswas in the case. We have sought reports from all the departments concerned. The bodies have been handed over to the families. DC Shakti Singh has also launched an inquiry into the deaths,” said SP Jhajjar Waseem Akram.


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