Five workers lost their lives after a freak mishap in a factory in Khatraj in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar district on Saturday afternoon. The workers died of suffocation after trying to clean a wastewater tank.
The factory—Tuttsan Pharma Private Limited—manufactures medicine and was closed for three days due to Diwali vacation.
According to sources, a worker entered the Effluent Treatment Plant in order to clean it. Upon hearing his calls of distress, another worker entered the plant as well but was then also in need of help. One by one, three more workers entered the plant and lost their lives, along with those they were trying to help, a factory worker told THE WEEK.
The police reached the spot and more details are awaited. The exact cause of death would only be known after postmortem.
All of the deceased are believed to be of under 35 years of age.
Calls to the factory owner went unanswered.