STP operator dies, relatives cry foul

STP operator dies, relatives cry foul

A 38-year-old labourer maintaining a sewage treatment plant (STP) at Prestige Langleigh apartment complex in Whitefield died under mysterious circumstances on Saturday.

The deceased Rajappa, was a native of Andhra Pradesh and a resident of Whitefield. Rajappa lived in a rented house with his wife and two sons aged 12 and 8 years, and had joined work only a month ago, said the police. He left for work on Saturday morning around 8.30 am, and his family received a call soon after that Rajappa was unwell and was admitted to Manipal Hospital. The family rushed to the hospital only to be informed that he was dead.

Anjaneyalu G, his elder brother alleged that Rajappa was cleaning the STP and the apartment management had not provided him with any safety equipment. We suspect that he inhaled toxic gases while cleaning and died.

He had even vomited while he was taken to the hospital, he stated in his complaint to the police.

Meanwhile, the investigating officer told DH that it was true that Rajappa was the operator of the STP and his job was only to switch it on and off. It is a totally mechanised plant and does not need manual cleaning. "Prima facie, there is no evidence to suggest that it is an STP-related death. However, we have to wait for the postmortem examination report to ascertain the exact cause of death," said DCP Whitefield division Abdul Ahad.

However, the police have taken up a case against the apartment manager, Kiran and contractor Shivashankar charging them under section 304(A), for accidental death due to negligence.