3-year-old dies af­ter fall­ing into open ‘tank’ in Cap­i­tal

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Region - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

Prima fa­cie, the cause of death is drown­ing. But we are wait­ing for the child’s au­topsy re­port to as­cer­tain the ex­act cause of death

Gau­rav Sharma, ad­di­tional deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (Ro­hini)

NEW DELHI: A three-year-old died af­ter fall­ing into an open ‘tank’ of an un­der-con­struc­tion build­ing near his home in outer Delhi’s San­jay Colony, close to Narela, on Fri­day morn­ing.

The boy was play­ing with other chil­dren when he went in­side the build­ing to hide and ac­ci­den­tally fell into the open ‘tank’ around 11am.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, no­body saw him fall­ing.

Though lo­cals said that it was a sep­tic tank in which the boy fell, the po­lice said that the child fell into an un­cov­ered man­hole. Lo­cals told the po­lice that the build­ing’s con­struc­tion had been halted around six months ago and the tank had been un­cov­ered since then.

Ad­di­tional deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (Ro­hini) Gau­rav Sharma said a case of death by neg­li­gence un­der Sec­tion 304A of the In­dian Pe­nal Code was reg­is­tered against the build­ing owner.

“Prima fa­cie, the cause of death is drown­ing. But we are wait­ing for the child’s au­topsy re­port to as­cer­tain the ex­act cause of death,” Sharma said.

The boy lived with his par­ents, who are daily wagers, his sis­ter and his grand­fa­ther in a rented house in San­jay Colony, Narela. The fam­ily is from Bi­har. The child’s fa­ther, Shankar Bha­gat, had gone to work when the in­ci­dent took place.

The boy’s mother Nu­tan Devi told the po­lice that she gave her son a bath and started cook­ing lunch when he went out to play. His grand­fa­ther, Hari Prakash, was rest­ing on a mat out­side the house.

Nu­tan later went look­ing for her son but couldn’t find him. She asked her fa­ther-in-law and he told her that he had seen him play­ing with some chil­dren.

“When we could not find him, we pan­icked and alerted our neigh­bours. They looked for him in the neigh­bour­hood and then went in­side the un­der-con­struc­tion build­ing. The sep­tic tank was un­cov­ered. The neigh­bours looked into the tank us­ing a cell­phone torch and found his body float­ing in the wa­ter. They pulled him out from the tank,” Prakash said.

A neigh­bour called the po­lice con­trol room and in­formed them about the in­ci­dent.

The three-year-old boy was rushed to a nearby hos­pi­tal where doc­tors de­clared him dead on ar­rival. “The build­ing owner is on the run af­ter the in­ci­dent. Our teams are look­ing for him,” a po­lice of­fi­cer as­so­ci­ated with the case said.

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