A 20-year-old man died after he accidentally fell into a 20-feet-deep pit, which was made for draining out rain water, in Derabassi main market on Monday. An enclosure was built around the roadside pit to cover it, but Vikas Kumar, who hailed from Ladpur village in Jhajjar district in Haryana, misunderstood it for a washroom and entered it, which led to the fall.
According to Derabassi police, the man worked in a private company in Derabassi and lived with his friends in a rented accommodation in the town. Ajay Kumar, one of the friends, said that on Monday around 8 pm, Vikas along with him, came to the market for buying grocery.
“There was a pit, covered with an enclosure. The door of the enclosure was kept open. Vikas mistook it for a washroom and entered it,” Ajay said.
The pit, located on one corner of the road, was made for draining out the rain water which comes down from a nearby flyover.
Derabassi Station House Officer Inspector Mahinder Singh said that Vikas’s friend, who was accompanying him, heard a cry and went to the room and found that he had fallen into the pit.
“He called the police control room and raised an alarm. Some people from the market arranged a wooden stair and took out Vikas from the pit. He was taken to Derabassi civil hospital where doctors declared him brought dead,” inspector Singh said.
The President of Derabassi Municipal Corporation, Mukesh Gandhi, said that he marked an inquiry into the incident and that they will take action against the officials, responsible for the negligence.