Pune: Six persons trapped while rescuing labourer, 1 fireman dead

Dapodi, December 1, 2019: A fireman died while rescuing a labourer from a trench dug up for sewer line near Phugewadi flyover on Sunday evening. Four others have been rescued successfully.

The deceased fireman has been identified as Vishal Jadhav, while labourer Nagesh Jamadar (22) is still trapped under the soil.

According to Pimpri Chinchwad police, the incident took place around 5.15 pm. The PCMC has undertaken work to construct sewer line in Phugewadi. Nagesh was got trapped under a mass of soil when Sitaram Surwase (20) and Ishwar Sarage (19) went to rescue him. However, they too got stuck there. Finally, the fire brigade was informed and soon three firemen Nikhil Ghorwade, Saroj Kunde and Vishal Jadhav climbed down in the trench to rescue them. However, the soil moved and they also came under a mass of soil.

By 9 pm, all others were taken out except Nagesh. Fireman Jadhav who was unconscious was declared dead on arrival at Aundh hospital.

Meanwhile, a team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) also reached the site and currently rescue operation is going on.

PCMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar said that a committee has been formed to find out if there was negligence on part of the contractor and soon FIR for culpable homicide will be registered.

Father of Nagesh has told media persons that the contractor forced Nagesh to work on Sunday, which was a holiday for him. He offered him Rs 500 for Sunday work.