Septic tank tragedy: 7 die of suffocation in Gujarat

Mumbai: Seven persons including four sanitation workers died of asphyxiation while cleaning a hotel septic tank in Gujarat, officials said on Saturday.
According to reports the men had entered the septic tank without any safety gear.
The tragic incident occurred at Darshan Hotel in Fartikui village of Dabhoi tehsil, about 35 km from Vadodara city.
The deceased sanitation workers were identified as Mahesh Patanwadiya, Ashok Harijan, Brijesh Harijan and Mahesh Harijan.
Three employees of the hotel who have died are identified as Ajay Vasava (24), Vijay Chauhan (22) and Sahdev Vasava (22).
Deputy Superintendent of Police (Dabhoi division) Kalpesh Solanki said :”We are investigating what was the exact gas they inhaled and what exactly happened”.
Police officials said Mahesh Patanwadiya was the first worker to enter the tank but after he stopped responding, Ashok Harijan, Brijesh Harijan and Mahesh Harijan followed to help him.
As there was response from them, the other three hotel workers went in but they too fell unconscious inside the tank.
A case was registered at the Dabhoi Police station in this connection. The owner of the hotel has been charged with causing death due to negligence and culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
It is a stark reality that manual scavenging continues despite a ban on it and scores of sanitation workers die each year from suffocation while removing waste from underground drains.

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