Bengaluru: Migrant workers travel large distances from their natives to earn a living. They are often ignored and face harsh conditions at work. Employers get their service at low rates and the workers are often neglected. A similar case of negligence resulted in the death of three migrants workers in Electronic City here, on December 14.
According to sources, the deceased are Jagadish from Mysuru, Mahesh from Nepal and Ranjan from Odisha, all in the age group of 22 to 25. The three were trying to fix a faulty pumpset at Royal Citadel Apartment on Manipal County Road near Chikkabegur when the incident occurred around 6 pm.
DCP (Southeast) Rohini Katoch Sepat said, “The incident occurred at the sewage disposal system. There was some problem with the motor and the trio were on the job to repair it when tragedy struck.”
The police said that the residents of the apartment had hired one Umesh for maintenance of electric and water installations. A pump was installed in a 12-foot deep pit near the sewage but the pump was faulty as it wouldn’t function and Umesh was asked to look into the matter.
Jagadish, an electrician and the other two were hired by Umesh to fix the issue. The trio reached the apartment at 5.30 pm and began the work. They entered the pit one by one but collapsed on each other and died. The residents grew suspicious as they didn’t come out even after a long time. When the pit was inspected, they found the trio motionless. Fire personnel rushed to the spot and lifted the three out of the pit, but they were dead by then, said the police.
The police said that the cause of death was not known. However, initial investigations suggest that the three might have inhaled some poisonous gas, fell unconscious and died later due to lack of oxygen. Electrocution due to short-circuit is also suspected.
Safety measures were not undertaken by Umesh before the work began. Umesh is booked under IPC Section 304 (a) (causing death due to negligence) and has been taken into custody. The bodies were taken to Victoria hospital for a post mortem and the families of the victims are informed, said the police.