Bantwal: Three workers at a construction site at Farangipet had died as mud by the side of the road had caved on Tuesday as heavy rains lashed the region.
After deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim instructed that the bodies of the deceased be sent to their native places, the police from here tried to trace their roots. The investigations have revealed that two of them – Milon and Maimilon – were illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
A survivor, Shabikunnu, is also a Bangladeshi immigrant, according to the police. In fact, the police got the lead about the illegal immigrant when they questioned him. Their language was not being comprehended by anyone around.
As instructed by superintendent of police Dr Sharanappa, Bantwal ASP Rahul Kumar, who hails from north India, interrogated two survivors separately which brought out their background.
Now the police are questioning the contractor regarding the labour procurement methods and source of manpower. In the meantime, the local panchayat is said to have cancelled the licence issued for the construction of the building which caused the landslip.
There are reports that illegal immigrants are being employed in construction work at low salaries, while suppliers and middlemen pocket hefty cuts. Legal experts say that if they victims were bona fide Indian nationals, their kin were entitled to a relief fund of Rs 4 lakh each. The matter of illegal immigration may be governed by international laws, they said.