Bahrain: Inquiry launched into tragic death of expat sanitation workers

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An inquiry has been launched to investigate the death of three expat workers who were poisoned yesterday while carrying out routine maintenance work in a sewage tunnel. A fourth worker who was rescued is admitted at Salmaniya Medical Complex.

HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, has instructed the Interior Minister HE General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa to investigate the incident and determine compliance with safety standards, with an early report to be submitted directly to the Cabinet.

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The three men died reportedly from being suffocated in a sewage chamber in Bani Jamrah on Budaiya highway. They have been identified as Indians Rakesh Kumar, Debasis Sahoo and Mohammed Tausif Khan and their occupations are Worker, Fitter and Site Inspector respectively.

Mr Kumar was an employee of Mohammed Abdulmohsin Al Kharafi and Sons while Mr Sahoo and Mr Khan were employed by Crown Electro Mechanical Services.

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