External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday, said that the said the Indian embassy in Italy has been alerted to help get the bodies of four Sikh men back to Punjab, who drowned in a sewage tank in Italy. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh requested for the same.

Jaishankar retweeted Punjab CM’s Twitter post and replied, “We have alerted our Embassy @IndiainItaly to extend all help.”

Capt Amarinder Singh in a Twitter post tagged the External Affairs Minister and asked him to “instruct the Indian Mission in Italy to help get the mortal remains back to India.”

Punjab CM tweeted, “Saddened to hear about the death of 4 Punjabi men drown in a farm manure tank near Pavia, Italy. Request @DrSJaishankar to instruct the Indian Mission in Italy to help get the mortal remains back to India.”

Investigators suspected that the four men, identified as 48 –year-old Prem Sing, 45-year-old Tarsem Singh, 29-year old Arminder Singh and 28-year-old Majinder Singh were choked to death after inhaling carbon dioxide fumes from the cow manure. The officials believe that three of them died after jumping in to rescue a worker who had been emptying the tank, the BBC reported.

Prem Singh and Tarsem Singh were the farm owners and the rest two were employees. They had registered their farm in 2017.

The victims’ wives raised the alarm when the men failed to turn up for lunch on Thursday. They went to the scene and spotted one body in the sewage. The wives then called in firefighters who donned masks and emptied the tank to recover all the bodies.

Pavia is located about 45 kilometres from Milan.