4-yr-old boy falls into wa­ter tank in Ul­has­na­gar, drowns

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Faisal Tan­del faisal.tan­del@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A four- year- old boy drowned in a wa­ter tank in Ul­has­na­gar on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. The lid of the wa­ter tank was open, and the boy fell into it while he was play­ing.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the boy as Ne­hal Firoz Shaikh, 4, a res­i­dent of Vit­thal apart­ments in Mukund Na­gar, Ul­has­na­gar. The build­ing where he drowned is owned by Asha Nana Birhade, a Repub­li­can Party of In­dia cor­pora- tor in the Ul­has­na­gar Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion. The wa­ter tank is in­stalled at a dis­tance of 35 m from the build­ing; it stores wa­ter for the daily use of the build­ing’s res­i­dents.

“The par­ents started search­ing for him. They were shocked to see him in­side. With the help of lo­cals, he was res­cued and shifted to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal, where doc­tors de­clared him dead due to drown­ing. We have reg­is­tered an ac­ci­den­tal death case, and are fur­ther in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter,” said Anil Jum­bore, As­sis­tant Po­lice In­spec­tor, Ul­has­na­gar po­lice sta­tion. “We are col­lect­ing ev­i­dence to es­tab­lish if it is a case of drown­ing or neg­li­gence. Nor­mally, af­ter fill­ing wa­ter, peo­ple close the lid of the wa­ter tank, be­cause chil­dren usu­ally play around it. But this time, the lid of the tank was kept open. The wa­ter tank is around 5.5 feet deep, and is full of wa­ter. We will take state­ments of 10 to 12 peo­ple in the case, in­clud­ing the par­ents, who are at present not in a fit state to talk. Once we get proper ev­i­dence, we will book the guilty per­son,” said Jum­bore.

RISHIKESH CHOUD­HARY

The wa­ter tank in Ul­has­na­gar where Ne­hal Firoz Shaikh (inset) fell while play­ing on Wed­nes­day.

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