The body of a homeless man, forty eight year old Ranjit Singh, has been discovered by sanitation workers having been crushed to death by a refuse collection vehicle. What makes this story worse is that it is not a one off . As austerity policies simultaneously force more people into homelessness, while withdrawing support for the homeless, this is one sorry episode in an unfolding disaster.
It’s Not Just Ranjit
Detective Constable Aki Heer, reading a statement on the death of Ranjit Singh stated the following:
“A post mortem found he had sustained catastrophic crushing injuries including a broken spine and shattered pelvis and that the injuries were consistent with the large claw machinery found at recycling sites.”
In researching this piece, I was stunned to find a string of such stories in recent years. In 2012, the Independent reported the body of a 50 year old homeless…
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