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Three people were killed by asphyxiation on June 13 in a tannery situated in Jajmau, Kanpur. The circumstances of the accident are not clear but according to a senior administrative official, the tannery owners had been previously instructed to provide adequate working materials and equipment to those in charge of cleaning the tanks.
Among the victims were the tannery's owner's son, a worker and a contractor. Two other tannery workers who tried to rescue the victims were taken to hospital. Further investigations are taking place to check if the tannery has respected the environmental norms.
Jajmau is the most important leather district of Northern India, situated close to the Ganges river, and home to several big tanneries. Recent discussions have been taking place between tannery owners and government officials regarding the pollution level of the Ganges. So far, the tanneries have rejected the proposals of zero waste and demand other waste alternatives.
Source: Times of India