Duo killed while cleaning sewer at Malad high-rise

The colleague who was stranded in the drain with them is in critical condition

The private construction site where the incident occurred

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Two persons died while one person was in a critical condition after being trapped in a drain during sewage treatment work at Raheja Tower near Ratnagiri Hotel in Malad West. The incident, reported at 3.50 pm, was attended to by the Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB). According to Swapnil Gund of P North district, who shared the details of the disaster response cell, the trio, who were stranded in the drain, were quickly rescued by the MFB team and rushed to the Hinduhridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Trauma Care Hospital in Jogeshwari East.

An official from the BMC fire control room said, “We received a distress call about some people stuck in a drain in Malad West and quickly forwarded the call and information to the relevant fire station. Three people were rescued from the spot and rushed to HBT Trauma Center.”

Dr. Leena Mane from the hospital updated the disaster response cell at 5.02pm and confirmed two injured and the condition of the survivor. “50-year-old Raju and 35-year-old Javed Shaikh were declared dead on arrival. Akib Shaikh, 19, is currently admitted in critical condition,” said Dr. Mane.

Kiran Dighavkar, deputy municipal commissioner of P North district, said at noon: “They were working in a tank on a private premises and appear to be workers employed by a private contractor.”

Senior Inspector Irfan Sheikh of Dindoshi police said at noon, “We will lodge an FIR against the builder or contractor based on our investigation. It is not yet clear who commissioned the trio to clean the waste water tank.”

3:50 p.m
The incident was reported on Wednesday

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