4-yr-old boy falls into water tank in Ulhasnagar, drowns
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.
The water tank in Ulhasnagar where Nehal Firoz Shaikh (inset) fell while playing on Wednesday.