Jaipur, June 30: Four labourers died in Rajasthan’s Sirohi district while repairing a tunnel. The labourers were reportedly buried alive under debris, the police told news agency PTI. They got trapped under the debris yesterday due to vibrations generated by a poclain machine working at the site on Beawar-Pindwara national highway. Also Read - Jodhpur Lockdown News: Total Shutdown Imposed in The District Amid Rising Number of COVID-19 Cases | What's Allowed, What's Prohibited
The family members of the deceased, identified as Devi Singh (32), Uttam Kumar (23), Mahendra Kumar Meena (27) and Mahendra Hiragar (30), have refused to accept the bodies till they are provided compensation by the private firm which was carrying out the repair work, Sirohi collector Babu Lal Meena said. Also Read - Ahead of Bihar Polls, CM Nitish Kumar Promises Rs 25K to Girls Passing Intermediate Exams, Rs 50K to Those Who Graduate
The bodies have been kept at a hospital mortuary and the state government has announced ex gratia for the kin of the deceased, he said. A case has been registered at Sirohi Kotwali police station against the company and the driver of the poclain machine, the police said. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020 Full Schedule: Polling to Take Place in 3 Phases From October 28, Results on November 10
In an earlier incident on June 12, three labourers died of suspected asphyxiation in a septic tank of an under-construction mall in Bihar’s Purnea district.
Superintendent of Police, Vishal Sharma said the three labourers went inside the septic tank of an under-construction mall located at Rambagh chowk to open the centring of the tank and died probably of asphyxiation. It seems, prima facie, that the labourers died due to asphyxiation, the SP said adding that the post-mortem report would reveal the exact reason of their death.
The bodies have been sent to Sadar hospital for post-mortem, he said. District Labour Superintendent, Alok Ranjan said that Rs one lakh will be paid as ex-gratia to each of the family members of those killed in the incident.
However, the local people alleged that the three labourers died due to electrocution.
(With inputs from PTI)