Inhalation of toxic fumes from coal brazier claims two lives in Delhi
In a tragic incident in the Inderpuri area of west Delhi, two men from Nepal were found dead in their room after inhaling toxic fumes from a coal brazier. The victims, identified as Ram Bahadur (57) and Abhishek (22), were discovered by the police who received a call in the morning reporting that the door to their rented house was not being opened.
Upon arriving at the scene, the police found that the two men had locked themselves inside their third-floor room. After forcing open the door, they found the victims unconscious and immediately rushed them to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, the doctors declared them dead upon arrival.
The police officer in charge of the investigation revealed that a burnt residue was found in the room, indicating that an ‘angithi’ (a traditional coal brazier) had been used. Furthermore, it was discovered that one of the windows in the room was closed, limiting ventilation. Interestingly, no injuries were found on the bodies of the deceased.
The deceased, Ram Bahadur and Abhishek, were employed as a driver and domestic help, respectively. The police have initiated further investigation and are proceeding under section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
This incident comes amidst severe cold conditions in Delhi, with the minimum temperature dropping to 3.5 degrees Celsius – the lowest recorded this winter. Earlier this month, a similar incident occurred in Dwarka, where a couple tragically lost their lives after inhaling toxic gas emitted by a coal brazier left burning in their room.
In a related development, four individuals were found unconscious in Khera Kalan village while sleeping inside a closed room. A coal brazier was also discovered in their vicinity. Similarly, in the Inderpuri area, two men were found in a similar condition. The room where they were found contained an angithi with burnt residue.
The police are diligently investigating these cases to determine the cause of these tragic incidents. It serves as a reminder of the importance of proper ventilation and caution when using coal braziers, especially during the harsh winter months..