Bodies of the four labourers who were trapped under a mass of soil and concrete that caved into a well during the construction of its inner wall in Pune’s Indapur, were recovered by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Friday morning, over 48 hours after they launched the search operation.
Meanwhile, Pune Rural Police said they were in the process of registering an FIR under the charges of culpable homicide against the owner of the farmland and the contractor who had undertaken the work to construct the well.
The incident took place Tuesday evening in Mhasobawadi village in Indapur taluka of Pune district, around 120 km from Pune city. After requisition from the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) and Pune District Disaster Management Officer, an NDRF team was deployed and launched a search operation around 6 am Wednesday.
Pune Rural Police identified the four deceased labourers as Somnath Laxman Gaikwad, 32, Javed Akbar Mulani, 30, Parshuram Bansilal Chavan, 30, and Laxman Maruti Sawant, 55.
The NDRF said excavation with earthmovers was a high-risk operation, considering the loosened mass of soil due to rains.
The postmortems of the four deceased were conducted on Friday afternoon and the bodies were handed over to the families subsequently. NDRF officials said they found the four bodies between 10 am and 1 pm in a radius of a few metres almost near the base of the dug up area.