Mathura, 2018.05.20 (VT): Street cleaners went on strike this week after one of them was killed by noxious gasses emanating from the sewer. The strike was held to demand compensation for the family of the victim.
The cleaners’ strike continued for two days while the rubbish piled up on the streets of Mathura. On the first day of the strike, authorities agreed to compensation of 2 Lakh Rupees for the family, but the cleaners did not end their strike. The cleaners demands included a letter of permanent appointment for the deceased so that his family can receive a pension. Local authorities were unable to provide the letter of appointment immediately, so the sweepers refused to end their strike.
The strike came to an end on the third day of after written assurance was given that the letter of permanent will be issued.
The family of the deceased is now mourning another family member, after Rupesh’s sister, Tarawati was killed after being hit by a train at Mathura Station. Tarawati and her in-laws were travelling from Gwailor to Mathura after being informed of the tragedy.
Dr. SP Singh, leader of the Safai Karamchar Sangh, said that the person who asked Rupesh to go to the sewer tank was guilty. Municipal cleaning inspector Mukesh Yadav filed a police case against unknown for unintentional murder. Two of the other workers became unconscious while cleaning the tank.
Sewage gas contains hydrogen sulfide, which is dangerous for human health. Prolonged low-level exposure may cause fatigue, pneumonia, loss of appetite, headaches, irritability, poor memory, and dizziness. At higher concentrations, hydrogen sulfide can cause loss of consciousness and death.
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