ACCIDENT OR NEGLIGENCE? A drunken man was reportedly buried alive after he fell into a pothole and construction workers built a road over him. Image: Devil's Bowl Speedway
New Delhi, India - A drunken man has been reportedly buried alive died after he fell into a pothole and construction workers built a 'road over him', police said on Monday (September 21 2015).
Police in the district of Katni in Madhya Pradesh state in central India said Latori Barman was returning home on Friday (Sept 18) evening when he fell into the hole.
It is believed he lost consciousness after the fall, according to police.
Investigation in process
Labourers then filled the hole with molten tar and used a heavy roller to flatten the surface. Locals later spotted the man's shirt and the deceased was pulled out of the newly laid road.
Sub-inspector NP Chaudhary told Reuters TV: "His body has been sent for post mortem and further investigation is in process."
The man had gone to a village fair and was heading home after visiting a liquor shop, the Times of India said.
According to RT.com, the driver of the truck and the laborer who filled the pothole have been arrested and booked for negligence leading to death.
District collector Vivek Narwal said Barman’s family will be given the equivalent of $761 as compensation for the incident.