Cases against two in Tamil Nadu manhole deaths case

CPM and VCK functionaries held protests before the Cuddalore GH demanding adequate compensation to the families of the deceased.

Published: 22nd March 2017 04:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd March 2017 08:05 AM   |  A+A-

CPM, VCK members staging a protest on Monday in front of the Cuddalore General Hospital seeking action | Express

By Express News Service

CUDDALORE: Police have registered a case against the contractor and the project manager in connection with the death of three sanitary workers on Monday, who were working in the underground drainage system in Cuddalore.

Collector T P Rajesh on Tuesday announced a compensation of `10 lakh each to the deceased persons’ families.

Demanding adequate compensation to the families of the deceased, and action against the authorities concerned, CPM and VCK functionaries held protests before the Cuddalore GH.

The three employees - Velu, Jayakumar and Murugan - had entered a manhole for repair works near Mohini bridge here,  and met their end suddenly, affected by toxic gases on Monday evening.

Post-mortem were conducted at the GH and the bodies were handed over to their relatives. Meanwhile, Collector Rajesh said that Cuddalore sub-collector Johny Tom Varghese would conduct a probe into the incident.

“After submission of the report, necessary action would be taken. Also, steps have been taken towards providing Rs 10 lakh compensation to the families of deceased persons,” Rajesh said.

He further said, “We are going to conduct awareness programmes for the workers and contractors regarding the use of safety equipment.”

Earlier, based on a complaint from Murugan’s brother Iyyananar, police had registered a case against Ramachandran, the contractor and Ravanan, the project manager, under the sections 336 and 304-A of IPC.

In the statement released here, CPM district secretary T Arumugam, said, “The government should take action against the officials of the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board and the Cuddalore municipality. A member from each deceased person’s family should be given a government job.”


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