Freak mishap in lift in Va­sai kills 5-yr-old

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - DNA Cor­re­spon­dent

Mum­bai: A five-year-old boy died af­ter he got stuck be­tween an el­e­va­tor and the wall in Va­sai on Satur­day morn­ing.

The de­ceased child has been iden­ti­fied as Ansh Gond, a kinder­garten stu­dent, and a res­i­dent of Dias Res­i­dency Park in Va­sai’s Sa­ti­vali area.

Ac­cord­ing to the police, the in­ci­dent oc­curred around 11 am on Satur­day morn­ing.

“Af­ter play­ing in the build­ing com­pound with his friends, Ansh and two other boys got into the el­e­va­tor to go back home. The two other boys got into the lift, but when Ansh was about to do so, his leg got stuck in the gap be­tween the lift’s slid­ing door and the out­side door. The gap is wide enough, and it’s pos­si­ble that a child’s leg can get stuck in this,” said se­nior police in­spec­tor Prakash Bi­ra­j­dar of the Valiv police.

“We sus­pect that while the two chil­dren were in­side the lift, they pressed the first floor but­ton, and the lift started mov­ing, even though Ansh was stuck. He was dragged up and the lift then got jammed. When the other boys started shout­ing, res­i­dents were alerted. The watch­man man­aged to bring down the lift to the ground floor by break­ing its lock. As of now, there is no clar­ity on what ex­actly tran­spired. We haven’t yet taken the state­ment of the two chil­dren who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent since they are still un­der shock. We have called the lift tech­ni­cian to un­der­stand what may have led to the in­ci­dent,” Bi­ra­j­dar added.

Ansh was rushed to a nearby hos­pi­tal where he was de­clared dead. A case of ac­ci­dent was reg­is­tered. The Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) will start can­celling li­censes of shops and hawk­ing stalls if they are found us­ing or sell­ing banned plas­tic. The step is taken af­ter it has been ob­served that hawk­ers across the city are sell­ing their prod­ucts in banned plas­tic carry bag.

Ac­cord­ing to a civic of­fi­cial, there is a no­ti­fi­ca­tion from the state govern­ment that has the pro­vi­sion of re­vok­ing the li­cence of li­censes of shops and hawk­ing stalls. At present, the BMC is col­lect­ing Rs 5,000 fine from vi­o­la­tors. How­ever, it is be­lieved that this will at­tract op­po­si­tion from the shops and hawk­ers.

A se­nior civic of­fi­cial while re­quested anonymity, said, “There is a cir­cu­la­tion re­ceived in De­cem­ber that al­lowed to take co­er­cive ac­tion. The same has al­ready for­warded to the con­cerned de­part­ment of all ward of­fices. The de­part­ment has been asked to take fur­ther ac­tion on of­fend­ers of the plas­tic ban as given in the no­ti­fi­ca­tion.”

Ac­cord­ing to BMC’s data, since the ban came into ef­fect, the BMC vis­ited around 4.48 lakh es­tab­lish­ments and seized 47, 163 kg of plas­tic. It also col­lected Rs 1.99 crores as fine. To im­ple­ment the ban, the BMC formed a spe­cial squad con­sist­ing of 300 of­fi­cials from Mar­ket, Li­cense and Shop and Es­tab­lish­ments. The squad was chris­tened blue squad who vis­ited malls, shops and es­tab­lish­ments, well-known ea­ter­ies and searched for plas­tic. The agency col­lected doc­u­ments re­lated to min­ing from the res­i­dence of Adil Khan. “We found that the min­ing li­cence to him was pro­vided on the rec­om­men­da­tions of Pra­jap­ati,” a CBI spokesper­son said. He added that agency re­cov­ered Rs 12.5 lakh and 1.8 kg gold from the res­i­dence of Moin­ud­din in Hamir­pur and Rs 2 crore and two kg gold from the res­i­dence of the re­tired clerk of the min­ing de­part­ment, Ram Av­tar Singh, in Jalon.

“Ram Av­tar was hold­ing a min­ing li­cence on a dif­fer­ent name,” the of­fi­cial said.

Of­fi­cials searched the res­i­dence of Mishra’s wife in Luc­know. The agency is cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the charges of il­le­gal min­ing in seven districts of Ut­tar Pradesh -- Shamli, Hamir­pur, Fateh­pur, Sid­dharth­na­gar, Deo­ria, Kaushambi and Sa­ha­ran­pur. “This year’s re­sults are shock­ing,” says a pro­fes­sor from the In­dian In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment Ahmed­abad (IIMA), “All the per­fect scor­ers are men, which raises a ques­tion about in­clu­siv­ity. An­other im­por­tant thing to note is that all the can­di­dates come from an en­gi­neer­ing or tech­nol­ogy back­ground, which again raises the ques­tion of di­ver­sity. I hope all the IIMs re­design their ad­mis­sion cri­te­ria this year, and fo­cus on di­ver­sity and en­deav­our to in­crease gen­der ra­tio.”

CAT was con­ducted in two shifts on Novem­ber 25, 2018. A to­tal of 2,09,405 can­di­dates ap­peared for the exam, which was con­ducted in test cen­tres spread across 147 cities. A record num­ber of can­di­dates ap­peared for the ex­ams this year – 1,36,075 men, 73,326 women and four trans­gen­ders.

IIM-Cal­cutta has called a to­tal of 1,990 can­di­dates for in­ter­views, and women can­di­dates com­prise ap­prox­i­mately 43% of the pie. A trans­gen­der can­di­date is in­cluded within the short­list.

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