Monday, October 12, 2009

Braveheart carries trapped labourers out of manhole, falls ill

Dharamvir Singh (38), a major in the Indian Army, climbed down a manhole on Saturday and carried out two contract labourers, but fell ill in the process.

He has been admitted to INS Ashwini Hospital at Navy Nagar, having apparently inhaled noxious fumes. His effort too went in vain, for both labourers died.

The labourers, Brothers Ramkishan (30) and Kisan Rajouria (28), got stuck in the manhole near US Club at Navy Nagar, Colaba, while they were cleaning it on Saturday evening, Cuffe Parade police said.

Captain Manohar Nambiar, the defence spokesperson said, “Major Singh was on his way back after playing squash at US Club when he saw a crowd near the manhole. On asking them, he got to know about the sweepers stuck inside. Singh and his companions arranged for some rope, which was tied around his waist, and he was lowered some 12 to 13 feet into the manhole and he managed to pull them out. The 30 to 40 seconds that he had spent inside the manhole during this time left him giddy and dehydrated, causing him to collapse after the rescue.” 

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