Delhi: Man dies cleaning septic tank, homeowner trying to save him

As Devendra stepped into the tank, he fainted due to toxic fumes. Both Manoj and Chawla jumped to save the labourer and fell unconscious as well, police and local residents said.

Two persons died and a third was injured during work to clean a septic tank in Badarpur on Saturday afternoon.

According to police, Satish Chawla (60) had contracted Manoj (41) and a labourer Devendra (40) to clean the tank in the basement of his four-storey building in Badarpur’s Molarband.As Devendra stepped into the tank, he fainted due to toxic fumes. Both Manoj and Chawla jumped to save the labourer and fell unconscious as well, police and local residents said.

While Manoj managed to make it out alive, Chawla and Devendra died of asphyxiation.

“We received a call at 4.45 pm that three men had fallen inside a septic tank. The SHO, along with police staff, reached the spot and it was found that Manoj had already been taken out of the tank. Fire brigade officials also reached the spot and pulled out the other two. They were rushed to Apollo Hospital but were declared dead on arrival,” said Delhi Police.

Police said they have registered a case under IPC Section 304 A (death due to negligence).

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