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Man Trapped Inside Pipe; Rescue Operation On

Cuttack: A labourer was found trapped inside a concrete pipe of a pumping station near the State police signal headquarters at Lower Police Colony here this morning. However, as per fire officials the man is stated to be safe while rescue operations are on to bring him out.

Sources said one Pranakrushna Muduli, who is a staff of the pumping station, went inside a tank to clear a blockage in the pipe. Unaware of the presence of the worker, another staff of the pumping station turned on the motor of the pump for water supply, following which the cleaning staff was pulled 20 to 25 feet into the pipe along with water. man is unable to come outside the pipe on his own.

Chief Fire Safety Officer Sukant Sethi informed that the labourer has remained stuck in the pipe since last two and a half hours and Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and fire officials have launched a rescue operation. He is being supplied with oxygen to sustain inside the pipe, Sethi added.

The rescue operation is being carried out in presence of Collector Sushant Mohapatra and Cuttack city Congress President Mohd Moquim. 

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