In an unfortunate incident, a 35-year-old man fell into an under-construction manhole in Dakshina Kannada district on Saturday night and died, as per a report by Ganesh Mavanji in The New Indian Express.
The incident occurred at Katipalla in Suratkal.
Identified as Mohan, he was a resident of the locality and was a painter by profession.
He was returning home at around 8.45pm when he fell into the huge hole in the middle of the road.
As the man fell into the manhole, the iron rods kept for construction of the manhole transfixed his neck.
Local residents on hearing Mohanâ€™s appeal for help rushed there and took him to a private hospital but he succumbed to his injuries.
A contractor named Hameed was entrusted with the task of laying the underground drainage (UGD) network along with manholes at Katipalla 2nd block, the report says.
However, the contractor and the engineer failed to put up barricades or caution boards to warn pedestrians in the area.
What made matters worse was that there were no streetlights in the area.
Hours after the incident, the contractor and engineer have reportedly taken swift action and erected multiple barricades around the manhole.
Ashok, the brother of the deceased, blamed the negligence of the contractor and engineer.
If the contractor cannot take safety measures, why should he be allowed to continue with the work? Ashok asked.
He rued that if they had taken precautionary measures and installed barricades, his brother would have been alive today.
Mangaluru North MLA Moideen Bava put the blame on the contractor and MCC (maintenance contract) engineer concerned for the death.
â€śThe contractor should have taken precautionary measures while undertaking the work. But no such safety measures were taken. I have instructed the police and MCC to take stringent action against both the contractor and engineer,â€™â€™ he declared.