Coimbatore: Two men died of asphyxiation while cleaning a tank where dyeing unit waste was stored at Veerapandi in Tirupur city on Sunday. Police identified the deceased as Vadivel, 32, a daily wage labourer from Kuruppankuttai near Palavanjipalayam, and unit manager Dinesh Pandian, 28.
Vadivel, Ramakrishnan, 50, Ramu, 32, and Nagaraj, 48, were cleaning the two tanks around 2pm at Kothukaduthottam when Vadivel fell unconscious inside the tank. Dinesh Pandian and electrician Rajendran, 55, entered the tank to rescue him. However, they too fainted inside the tank. When alerted, fire and rescue services personnel from Tirupur South station reached the spot around 3.40pm. While Rajendran was rescued, bodies of Vadivel and Dinesh were retrieved from the tank.
The Veerapandi police registered a case against the unit owner R Dhanalakshmi, 48, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act and arrested Dhanalakshmi. tnn