3 arrested over manhole deaths

The Byappanahalli police on Monday arrested three people in connection with the death of three manual scavengers at Kaggadasapura near C V Raman Nagar on March 7.

The arrested include two senior executives and the sub-contractor of Ramky Enterprises. K Babu Reddy, assistant general manager and in-charge of Bengaluru-based projects, N T Reddy, manager, and Vemula Anjenayulu, the sub-contractor, are the arrested.
Babu Reddy was arrested in Hyderabad and other two were taken into custody from their houses in Bengaluru.

“More people including BWSSB officials will be arrested if the investigation reveals that deaths are due to their negligence,” a police officer said.

The police have registered a case against the three under IPC Section 304 (culpable homicide, not amounting to murder) and Section 8 of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and Rehabilitation Act, 2013.

The police added that Anjenayulu used to obtain sub-contracts from Ramky and hire labourers to clean manholes. The roles of the arrested in connection with the incident are being investigated. Tatta Thavitayya, Dantha Yarrayya, both native of Srikakulam and Anjenya Reddy, a native of Prakasam district were choked to death while cleaning a manhole.

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