National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to Madhya Pradesh government over the death of two labourers due to injury in a deep sewage line in Shivpuri district.
The Commission has taken suo motu cognisance of a media report that the two labourers died while on the job in a 30 feet deep sewage line project in Shivpuri on May 28, said an NHRC statement.
It has sought from the state Chief Secretary a detailed report on the incident along with the steps being taken by the state government for the safety of the workers to avoid occurrence of such incidents. He has been given four weeks time to respond.
According to the police, while cleaning the deep sewage chamber near a meat market in Shivpuri, Halka Lal Valmiki (25) slipped from a step inside on which he was standing and fell down. Kalla Jatav (22), another sanitary worker, too fell in while trying to help him and died due to suffocation before they could be rescued.
Both the labourers, hailing from Gwalior district, were hired by private contractor Jain and Rai for the Public Health Engineering Department of the MP government. They were not provided any safety gears, the NHRC statement said.
“The report also carries a photograph showing one of the seriously injured workers being taken away by four locals to a hospital when no help came their way.
“Allegedly, there was no precaution regarding first aid, ambulance, etc at the site. The NDRF authorities were informed but did not reach on spot. The fire fighting officers also could not help. Reportedly, a driver of a police control room vehicle refused to carry the injured to the hospital taking him as dead,” the statement said.
While issuing the notice, the Commission said it “is in pain to know from the media report that workers were not provided with the proper safety gear by the contractor company. No timely medical help was made available to the badly injured labourers by the company.”
Earlier also several such unfortunate incidents have come to the notice of the Commission, when labourers have lost their lives due to the negligence of their employers and authorities, the statement added.