A nine-year-old boy died after falling inside a 15-feet-deep open drain Monday in northwest Delhi’s Rani Bagh.
Police said the incident took place at 9 pm when the boy, identified as Anas, was walking home. He could not see the open drain as there were no street lights in the area, and fell inside it. Residents said his cousin Mohsin, who was with him at the time of the incident, jumped in to rescue him but failed.
Kaushal Kumar Verma, a passerby, said, “We managed to get Mohsin out of the drain. We informed police but no one went inside the drain for at least two-and-a-half hours. Later, the child’s body was fished out of the drain.” He added that police officers and fire department officials were present at the spot but no one tried to rescue him.
Police, however, said they got the boy out by 11.15 pm. They took Anas to hospital, where he was declared dead.
Police said the drain was maintained by the Public Works Department (PWD). A case under Section 304A (causing death by negligence) has been registered against unknown persons at Rani Bagh police station.
Anas, a student at a local school, had two younger sisters. His father works as a tailor.
BJP leader Vijender Gupta visited the spot and demanded a judicial probe into the death and strict action against the officials responsible.
He said a number of drains and manholes on PWD roads continue to remain open. Hours after the incident, authorities covered the drain.