Two boys, aged four and five, died of suffocation after being stuck in a car for close to nine hours, in outer Delhi’s Ranhola. Initial investigation revealed that the incident took place when the two cousins were playing, and got inside a car owned by the father of one of them without telling anyone. Police identified the boys as Sonu (4) and Raj (5), both residents of Dass Garden in Ranhola.
“The incident took place on October 3 when the boys were playing and went inside the car, parked near the owner’s house. Nobody was aware that they were playing outside,” the officer said. Investigation revealed that Sonu’s father, Raju, is a cab driver who works for an app-based company.
“Around 1 pm, he returned from work and parked the vehicle near home. It appears he forgot to lock it and, after 20 minutes, locked the vehicle using central locking, without realising the children were inside,” the officer claimed.
It is suspected that the children fell asleep and eventually lost consciousness, police said.
“Around 2.15 pm, when family members realised that the children were missing, they started looking for them in the locality. They visited the homes of their neighbours and informed police around 7 pm,” the officer said. Police said that even after making a PCR call, they continued to look for the children, suspecting that they had wandered off. They reached Ranhola police station around 8.45 pm in a neighbour’s car to file a complaint.
“They lodged a complaint with police and were asked to get pictures of their children. They returned home to pick up the photos and take to the police. Raju then opened his car — only to find the children lying motionless,” an officer said. The children were rushed to a hospital, where they were declared brought dead. “The post-mortem report said they died due to suffocation,” DCP (outer) Pankaj Singh said. No case has been registered so far.