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Two die of suffocation inside toilet chamber in city


Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Mar 30:

In a shocking incident, two workers died of suffocation inside a toilet chamber at Jagamara area under Khandagiri police station limits this morning.

According to reports, the two workers a mason and a labourer had gone inside 12 ft deep toilet chamber of a private house for cleaning in the morning.

While cleaning the toilet, the duo ran out of breath due to suffocation and died inside the chamber.

One of them has been identified as Laxmidhar Nayak of Kantila in Nayagarh district. He was a mason who lived in the Saliasahi slum here. The labourer who died has not yet been identified by the local police.

The deceased were engaged for the job at plot number-8/10 in Panchasakha Nagar which belongs to GS Patnaik, a doctor.

The police have registered a case in this incident.

Meanwhile the local MLA Ashok Panda along with the local corporator visited the spot and demanded compensation for the deceased family.

Trade union Naba Mohanty said no one including builders and construction firms in Odisha was adhering to the basic safety standards while engaging workers.

“Many a time we have raised this issue with the Labour Commissioner here but due to shortage of staff they are unable to enforce the statutory provisions ,” he said.

He said although the deceased were working in a private house their next of kin will be entitled to get Rs 2 lakh as compensation and Rs 1800 for their last rites, provided they were registered under the Building & Other Construction Workers Act,