Manhole deaths: Law Forum seeks information and justice

Manhole deaths: Law Forum seeks information and justice

Alternative Law Forum team from Bangalore inspect the manhole maintained by Regional Transport Office in Kolar on Friday. DH photo

A team of Bangalore-based Alternative Law Forum on Friday vistited the city seeking information on the death of two civic workers in a manhole, recently.

The team met the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Tahsildar and city police station inspector and inspected the manhole where two workers died after inhaling poisonous gas.

Notice demanded

They demanded that a notice be issued to the City Municipality on grounds of negligence and alternative employment be provided to civic workers cleaning drainages.

However, the team’s attempts to meet municipal officials went in vain.

The team said the City Municipal Council, Karnataka Water Supply and Sewerage Board and contractors are responsible for the disaster. Unfortunately, however, none of the three parties is willing to take the blame, they added, speaking to presspersons.

“A similar incident had occurred in K R Nagar in Mysore district in 2008. The municipal council had accepted responsibility and had also provided relief to the family of the victims,” the team said.

Committee formed

“The High Court has formed a committee in the backdrop of the People’s Union for Civil Liberation (PUCL) filing a public interest litigation demanding prevention of citizens becoming victims of accidents occurring in man holes.

“Du Saraswati, a member of the committee, visited the city on Thursday and gathered information on the matter,” they said and added that their findings too would be submitted to the committee.

The team requested that the government use machines instead of manual labour to clean the manholes. “But prior to that it should ensure alternate employment means for the workers,” they added.

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