Kota (PTI): Three sanitation workers on Tuesday died of suffocation while cleaning a newly laid sewage chamber on Balita Road under Kunhari Police Station here, officials said.

Out of the four workers who had entered the chamber, one of them survived and was rushed to a hospital, they said. The incident occurred between 3.30 pm and 4 pm on Tuesday afternoon, they added.

The deceased, identified as Kamal, (25), Kiresi (26), Galiya (24) -- all from Jhabua district in Bihar -- were employed by a contractor of Rajasthan Urban Infrastructure Development Programme (RUIDP), police said.

The four men had climbed down the chamber for initial cleaning of the chamber with a sewer jetting machine, superintendent engineer, RUIDP Rakesh Garg said.

The sewerage line work on Balita road was complete and house-to-house connection of the line was underway, he said.

According to police, Ravi -- one of the workers in the sewage chamber -- felt suffocated and climbed out of it and informed those outside, following which a rescue team from Kota Municipal Corporation was rushed to the spot. The three men, who were still in the chamber -- 25 feet from the ground -- were rushed to a hospital, where they were declared brought dead.

ADM City Brijmohan Bairwa, ASP Praveen Jain, DSP Shankar Lal also rushed to the spot. ADM Bairwa said a committee would be formed to probe the incident and action would be taken accordingly.

An investigation into the incident is underway, ASP Jain said. He said a case would be lodged based on the complaint by the kin of the deceased. The bodies of the three men have been sent for post-mortem, he added.

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Bengaluru: In a recent incident in Tilak Nagar, Bengaluru, a burglar took advantage of a family's absence and broke into their home in SRK Garden on Tuesday night. The thief made off with 3.5 kilograms of gold and cash amounting to Rs 10 lakh while the entire family was away in Ramanagar.

Upon receiving a complaint from the homeowner, the Tilak Nagar Police launched an investigation and registered a case. CCTV footage from the house's exterior revealed that an individual had forcibly entered the residence late on Tuesday night.

Authorities are currently using the footage to identify and locate the suspect. Additionally, forensic experts have also visited the crime scene.