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  2. 3 Indians inhale toxic gas, die in Bahrain trench

    Daniel P George, TNN | Aug 1, 2013, 04.33 AM IST

    CHENNAI: Three men from Tamil Nadu suffocated on toxic gases while working in a sewage trench in Bahrain on Tuesday. Murugesan Konar (40), Shanmuga Jagannathan (25) and Balarasu Ayyakkannu (23) were carrying out maintenance work in the Nabih Saleh islet locality in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, when they lost consciousness, officials said. By the time other workers found them, they had died of asphyxiation.

    Officials at the Indian embassy in Bahrain told TOI over phone that all three workers were from southern Tamil Nadu. “We have asked their families to send us a letter of consent to send the bodies to India,” an official said.

    The officials could not confirm if the workers were provided safety gear before they started work in the trench, or whether the three men had secured regular employment and their papers were in order.

    Many of the thousands of workers dispatched by agents to the Gulf from TN are cheated and earn a fraction of the salaries they were promised. They are often forced to do dangerous jobs such as cleaning sewage pits or the windows of highrise buildings.

    Back in the villages that were from, the families of the three workers are in shock. Konar, of Pudukottai, went to work abroad to support the family a year ago, his brother Paramiah said. “His wife Logam and their two daughters are in a state of shock,” he said. He did not earn much, but sent money home regularly. He wanted to educate his daughters and wanted them to be high-ranking officials.”

    Jagannathan, of Paramakudi in Ramanathapuram district, said Shanmuga was his only son. “He left for the Gulf only in April. We were in dire straits financially and Shanmuga said he could help the family by accepting a job offer he had received from a company in Bahrain.”

    “He has three daughters and they were very attached to him,” Jagannathan said, adding that he had sent the consent letter to Bahrain, asking Indian officials to arrange for the body to be brought home.

    Jagannathan said he hoped the company would give the family compensation because Shanmuga was the only working member in the family and his children are very young.

    Ayyakkannu’s brother Ganesan, was crying. “He went there only a year ago. He has five children… What are they going to do? He called on Friday, enquired about us and told me to take good care of our mother,” Ganesan said.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/3-Indians-inhale-toxic-gas-die-in-Bahrain-trench/articleshow/21521050.cms

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