November 21, 2020

One manual scavenger dies cleaning filth in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: In a shocking incident, one Malathou Bheema (35) died of manual scavenging in Hyderabad. While another identified as Bhukya was reported to be in critical condition.

The incident took place at around 12.30 PM on Friday at Uppal area of Hyderabad.

Both Bheema and Bhukya — belonging to the Scheduled Tribes community — came to clean a drain in Telangana Pharma, a pharmaceutical company located at Industrial Development Area, Uppal. However, while cleaning the drain, they could not breathe and fell unconscious. Those working at the facility noticed this and immediately pulled them out. Unfortunately, Bheema succumbed instantaneously, while Bhukya was shifted to a private hospital.

Uppal Inspector Ch Ranga Swamy told TNM that Bhukya’s condition is “critical”.

Police said that the body was shifted to Gandhi Hospital. The police are yet to register a case.

The practice of manual scavenging is banned under the Prohibition of Employment of Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act 2013.

Also Read: Biswajit Daimary Resigns from Rajya Sabha

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