3-yr-old dies af­ter fall­ing into sep­tic tank

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Ch­hath cel­e­bra­tion came to a sor­row­ful end for this mi­grant fam­ily that lost their only son af­ter he falls into an open man­hole in Ro­hini’s Narela area on Fri­day morn­ing. The tragedy struck the fam­ily few days ahead of the fes­ti­val which iron­i­cally is cel­e­brated for the long life of sons.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the de­ceased has been iden­ti­fied as Dhruv (3), a res­i­dent of Narela.

Po­lice said that the in­ci­dent took place at around 11 am on Fri­day morn­ing at an aban­doned build­ing where the de­ceased was play­ing with his friends. The three-year-old lost con­trol and fell into an un­cov­ered sep­tic tank out­side the aban­doned build­ing.

“The child was ac­com­pa­nied by his grand­fa­ther who had brought him to the place so that he could play with his friends. The build­ing was aban­doned for the past six months and there was no con­struc­tion-tak­ing place. Dhruv fell into the tank af­ter he lost his bal­ance, which re­sulted in his death,” said Gau­rav Sharma, Ad­di­tional Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice (Ro­hini).

The po­lice have reg­is­tered a case against the land­lord of the build­ing who left the sep­tic tank un­cov­ered with no fenc­ing around the tank or a sign­board to warn the pub­lic.

Ac­cord­ing to the rel­a­tives, the fam­ily hails from Bi­har.

“Be­ing the only son in the fam­ily, he was pam­pered the most. Ch­hath is one of the most aus­pi­cious fes­ti­vals for Bi­hari peo­ple and the en­tire fam­ily was pre­par­ing for it. The tragedy hit them and turned the fes­ti­val into mourn­ing,” said the de­ceased’s un­cle.

“Dhruv’s fa­ther is an er­ick­shaw driver and they live in a rented house at Narela. His mother is a house-maker and he has a six-month-old sis­ter,” he added.

Prima fa­cie, the cause of death ap­pears to be drown­ing how­ever, the au­topsy re­ports are awaited.

(Left) 3-year-old Dhruv; (Above) The man­hole

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