Toddler falls into pit dug by Power department,rescued

A week after five-year-old Mahi’s body was pulled out of a 70-foot-deep abandoned borewell in Khoh village of Manesar,a one-and-half-year-old boy slipped into a nearly 15 feet deep pit in Palam Vihar on Sunday.

Written by TUHIN DUTTA | Gurgaon | Published: July 2, 2012 12:46 am

A week after five-year-old Mahi’s body was pulled out of a 70-foot-deep abandoned borewell in Khoh village of Manesar,a one-and-half-year-old boy slipped into a nearly 15 feet deep pit in Palam Vihar on Sunday.

Sachin was recused within two hours of his fall into the pit,which was dug by Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam for putting up electricity poles.

The incident was reported from Chauma village in S-Block around 6.45 pm.

Residents said police arrived on the spot 45 minutes after the child fell into the pit. A rescue team,a private ambulance and officials of the district administration too reached the spot soon after.

Two JCB machines were used to dig the area around the pit. Officials said that the child was stuck at a depth of 12 feet,and was rescued after the digging. All the time he was stuck inside,Sachin continued to respond to the calls of the rescue team,officials said.

He has been admitted at Sartaj Hospital.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Surendra Pal told Newsline: “The pit was dug up by the Electricity department. The child was taken out within hours and his condition is stated to be stable.”

The district administration,meanwhile,suspended a junior engineer and a sub-divisional officer of the Nigam. The contractor employed for digging of the pits has also been suspended.

“We have lodged an FIR against all three under Section 188,which is for violation of Section 144 of CrPC that was invoked after the Mahi incident. This is a blatant case of negligence,” said Deputy Commissioner P C Meena.

In the wake of the incident,Haryana Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Chaudhery also called an emergency meeting of officials of Public Health,Engineering and Haryana Urban Development Authority .

He said a high level inquiry will be conducted in the incident. “I am shocked. It’s more concerning in the light of the fact that the administration failed to act even after a fortnight of the incident,in which a small girl was killed after falling into a 70 feet borewell. Immediate action will be taken against those responsible,” Chaudhery said.

Sachin’s relatives said the Power department had dug seven such pits for erecting poles.

“Despite telling them to cover the holes,they did not. We placed a few wooden planks over some of them,but that did not help and the child fell down while playing. We had told the officials that children play in the area,but they did not listen,” said Khalil,a relative of the family.

Sachin is the youngest of Kishan Pal’s four children.

Five-year-old Mahi had fallen in an illegal borewell on June 20 and an 80-hour-long operation had followed to rescue her. Her decomposed body was pulled out on June 24.

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