Manual scavenging claims a life in Kundapur

A Dalit civic labourer died after he suffocated while cleaning a manhole at M-Kodi in Kasaba village, Kundapur, on Saturday.

Kundapur police told DH that the deceased has been identified as Sandeep (25), hailing from Thekatte. The incident happened when the accused, Abdul Khader Geelani, called the victim and other labourers to clean the manhole as there was a function at his house on Sunday.

Sandeep was made to clean the manhole, while the other labourers were outside the manhole working on other cleaning aspects. He suddenly slipped and fell into the pit. After some time, the other labourers, who observed that the victim did not come outside, were worried and immediately pulled him out and took him to the hospital. However, he succumbed to death on the way to the hospital. His mother was a former Thekatte gram panchayat member.

The police have charged the accused on the charges under Manual Scavenging Act, SC/ST Atrocity Act and IPC Section 304 (A) for negligence.

Dalit leaders in Thekatte have urged for stringent action against the accused as he was responsible for carrying out illegal manual scavenging act that is prohibited. They also demanded that adequate compensation should be given to the victim's family.

Arrested

The district police arrested a man who was absconding for the last three years in connection with a cheating case.

According to the police, the arrested is Haneef, son of Shareef, a resident of Ummaragudde near Thumbay.

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