A boy, 8, died after he fell into a 15-feet-deep open drain opposite a busy road in Shakurpur area in the capital on late 9 May evening.
Local residents alleged that a side of the open drain was lying open and neglected for the past four months. The drain is managed by the public works department (PWD).
When contacted, a PWD official claimed the incident on the face of it appeared as if a heavy vehicle had run over and damaged the drain’s cover. He said an inquiry was being conducted into the incident.
Identified as Mohammad Anas, he was on his way home with his cousin, 13, when the unfortunate incident took place around 8.30 pm. KK Verma, who was having tea at a local stall noticed the boy fall into the six-feet-wide drain.
He added that though the police and fire officials came 30 minutes later, none tried to help in the rescue efforts.
It was three hours later (around 11.30 p.m.) that Anas’ body was fished out by a sanitation worker. It was a distance away from the where he had fallen into the drain, said a local businessman. The police took Anas to a local hospital which declared him brought dead.
The police lodged a case under Section 304A (death by negligence) against unknown persons at Rani Bagh police station.
Meanwhile, Vijender Gupta, Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly visited the deceased’s family and demanded a judicial investigation into the incident. He also demanded that the Delhi Government give a compensation of Rs50 lakh Anas’ kin.