HC Takes up Manhole Deaths Case Suo Motu

Published: 04th May 2016 05:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th May 2016 05:34 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: The High Court will take up suo motu the case of the death of two labourers while trying to clear a clogged sewer line near Kapadia Lane in the Sultan Bazar area of the city on Sunday. 

A vacation bench, comprising justices A Rajasheker Reddy and A Shankar Narayana, will hear the case on Thursday.

The two labourers, Veeraswamy and S Kotaiah, were hired by some unknown persons to clear the drainage and they died soon after descending into the manhole due to suffocation caused by poisonous gases. Veeraswamy and Kotaiah hailed from Mahbubnagar district and came here in search of livelihood and were working as adda coolies.

Kotaiah went first into the manhole. When he did not return, Veeraswamy got down into the sewer and he too was caught in a poisonous gas trap inside the manhole. Both died of asphyxia. Details of the persons who engaged them are not yet known.

 Locals complained that though the police and the '108' emergency service personnel reached the spot, they did not make any attempt to retrieve the bodies from the manhole immediately.  

Principal secretaries of MAUD and labour, GHMC commissioner, HMWSSB managing director, city police commissioner and others were named as the respondents.


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