Cuttack, May 17
Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and Fire Brigade personnel struggled for nearly seven hours to rescue a 53-year-old labourer who got trapped inside a concrete pipe at a pumping station of Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) near the State Police Signal Headquarters at Lower Police Colony here today.
Sources said, the labourer Pranakrishna Muduli of Deulasahi, engaged by a contractor, was removing a blockage inside the concrete pipeline at around 8.30 am when a staff of the pumping station, unaware of the cleansing activity and presence of the worker, turned on the motor of the pump for water supply.
Due to sudden gush of water, Pranakrishna was sucked nearly 20 feet into the concrete pipe which is 2.5 feet wide.
A team of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and Fire Brigade personnel rushed to the spot and started rescue operation at about 9 am by cutting the concrete pipe.
Collector, Sushant Mohapatra and CMC Commissioner Bikash Mohapatra rushed to the spot along with other officials to take stock of the situation.
The rescue team provided oxygen, glucose and spectacles to Pranakrishna.
He was then rushed to SCB Medical College and Hospital for treatment where his condition is stated to be out danger.
CMC Commissioner Bikash Mahapatra said that Pranakrishna is not a staff of the pumping station.
“A probe will be conducted into the incident to ascertain the circumstances that led to the mishap and also to trace the ones responsible for the mishap”, he said.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has complimented ODRAF and Fire Department personnel for their efforts in rescuing Pranakrishna.