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