Suryapet: The pits dug due to illegal lifting of sand in the Musi river belt have turned into death traps, literally.
A youth lost his life on Monday and the condition of another one has been critical after falling in one such pit in Musi river at Jajireddy Gudem village in the district.
A native of Parsayapally village, Biraboina Srinivas (25), who went to lift sand fell in a pit near Gangadevamma temple near Musi. The pit was full of water due to recent rains. His death was instant.
Another youth, Merugu Madhu, who also fell into the pit was rescued by other workers. As his condition became serious, he was shifted to the Area Hospital at Suryapet for treatment. Merugu Madhu was native of Jajireddy Gudem village.
The illegal lifting of sand by mafia continues unabated in Musi at Jajireddy Gudem village as it is fetches good amount of money for the youth, who were lifting the sand. Each person earns more than Rs 500 per day for lifting sand.
Illegal lifting of the sand causing pits in Musi, which get filled with water when water flows in this tributary of Krishna river.
In the last two years, at least six youths from the village lost life by falling into these pits.