New Delhi: A probe has been ordered by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday over the death of five sewage cleaners in west Delhi’s Moti Nagar area. A supervisor involved in the case has been arrested, reported ANI. The workers had allegedly died of asphyxiation after they entered the sewage treatment plant, stated officials.

The labour commissioner was directed by Labour minister Gopal Rai to submit a probe report on the issue within three days to investigate and take further actions. In a written statement, Labour minister’s secretary Vivek Kumar Tripathi said, “Minister of Labour has desired that a fact-finding inquiry is required to be conducted in the incident, so as to decide further course of action against defaulting agencies/firms by the government.”

Meanwhile, Gopal Rai announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the families of all the deceased. The victims who lost their lives while cleaning the sewer tank in DLF Green Apartments were identified as Sarfaraz, Pankaj, Raja, Umesh, and Vishal.

A case has been registered in this regard and police are probing into the source of negligence which led to the incident. NHRC stated that the workers died “due to negligence by the authorities and the contractor concerned.” The NHRC added, “We would also like to know about the action taken against the authorities responsible in the matter along with measures taken for relief and rehabilitation of the kin of the deceased persons.”

The incident happened at around 3:30 PM on Sunday. When the victims were rushed to a hospital, they were declared as brought dead, said a senior police officer. They had died after inhaling toxic gases, said a police officer. The health condition of another victim Vishal was critical and he received treatment at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, added the officer.

(With PTI inputs)