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7-yr-old drowns in Mumbai drain; 3rd such death in a week

Last updated on: July 15, 2019 21:05 IST

A seven-year-old boy died after falling into an open drain in Dharavi slum in Mumbai on Monday, police said.

The boy, Amit Munnalal Jaiswal, fell in the drain at the Rajiv Gandhi Colony, an official said.

 

The incident took place when Amit and his brother were playing near the drain, he said.

After being alerted about the incident, police rushed to spot and pulled up the boy from the open drainage.

He was rushed to the Sion hospital, where he was declared brought dead, the official said.

This is the third such death in a week.

Divyansh, an 18-month old boy fell into an open gutter in suburban Goregaon on Wednesday night.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials had called off the search 48 hours later after checking over 10 kilometres of the drain line in vain.

On Monday, Dindoshi police filed a criminal case under Section 304 A (causing death due to negligence) of the Indian Penal Code against the officers and staff involved in supervision work of the drainage on the basis of a complaint filed by the child's father Suraj Singh.

Singh, talking to reporters during the operation, had accused the BMC and other forces of negligence during the search.

Singh had claimed the civic body did nothing about the open gutter despite constant reminders from local residents.

On Saturday, a 12-year-old boy died after falling into a water-filled pit, dug for the construction of the Coastal Road, near Worli.

The boy, Bablu Kumar Paswan, had fallen in the pit near the Worli Sea Link on Friday, police said.

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