Vadodara: 7 die while cleaning septic tank

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15 Jun 2019

Vadodara: 7 die of suffocation while cleaning septic tank

In a tragic incident, seven people died of suffocation while cleaning a septic tank in Gujarat's Vadodara on Friday night. The men were cleaning a tank outside a hotel in Fartikui village in Dabhoi taluk.

Out of seven, four were sanitation workers and three others were hotel employees.

A case was registered against the hotel's owner and he was arrested.

Here's what happened.

Deceased

Sanitation workers were called for cleaning, hotel employees assisted them

A TOI report identified the deceased as Mahesh Patanwadiya (47), Ashok Harijan (45), Brijesh Harijan (23), Mahesh Harijan (25), Vijay Chaudhary (22), Sahdev Vasava (22) and Ajay Vasava (22).

Patanwadiya, Ashok, Brijesh, and Mahesh were called to clean the tank, while hotel employees Vijay, Sahedv, and Ajay assisted them.

The report revealed Patanwadiya was the first one to enter the tank.

Series of events

Men followed one another in tank, didn't come out

Men followed one another in tank, didn't come out

After Patanwadiya didn't come out of the tank, Ashok went inside looking for him. He was followed by Brijesh and Mahesh.

When none of the four sanitation workers came out, Vijay, Sahedv, and Ajay went inside.

After the men went missing, Dabhoi municipality and local police were informed. Since the municipality didn't have proper equipment, help was sought from Vadodara fire and emergency services.

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They died because pressure in tank was high: Fire officer

"All seven were dead as the pressure of gas was high in the tank, but we could bring their bodies out," said fire officer Nikunj Azad. Another officer named Manish Mod said the tank had to be emptied to ensure it didn't have more bodies.

Probe

An investigation has been launched, police are awaiting autopsy report

Subsequently, a case for causing death due to negligence was registered at Dabhoi police station against hotel owner Hassan Abbas Bhoraniya. He was arrested on Saturday morning, claimed TOI.

"We are investigating what was the exact gas they inhaled and what exactly happened," Deputy Superintendent of Police, Dabhoi division, Kalpesh Solanki, said.

Meanwhile, police are awaiting the post-mortem report.

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Who are those who died?

Asked 2019-06-15 13:48:10 by Hansika Chatterjee

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The seven deceased were identified as Patanwadiya (47), Ashok Harijan (45), Brijesh Harijan (23), Mahesh Harijan (25), Vijay Chaudhary (22), Sahdev Vasava (22) and Ajay Vasava (22).

What caused their deaths?

Asked 2019-06-15 13:48:10 by Pari Singh

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The men died as the pressure of gas was high in the tank.

Has any action been taken?

Asked 2019-06-15 13:48:10 by Reyansh Rao

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Yes. Police registered a case against the hotel's owner and arrested him on Saturday.

Who entered the tank first?

Asked 2019-06-15 13:48:10 by Vibhore Rodrigues

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Mahesh Patanwadiya was the first one to enter the tank. When he didn't come out, others followed him.

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