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Boy drowns in septic tank: ‘I had to jump in three times before I could find the child’s body’

Baitha, who hails from Betiah district in Bihar, had moved to Delhi four months ago to work as a dailywage labourer.

Written by Abhishek Angad | Delhi |
Updated: January 29, 2016 4:50:02 am

Ramshesh Baitha (18) is disappointed that he could not save the child who drowned in a septic tank in an MCD school in Kapashera Wednesday.

Baitha, a labourer, was working on an adjoining plot along with others when he heard people shouting. “We rushed to the spot. The teachers pleaded with us to do something and, without thinking, I jumped in,” he said.

Baitha said he had to dive into the tank three times before he could find Ankit’s body. “Each time I went inside, I felt like vomiting. But I wanted to save the child,” said Baitha. He said Ankit’s stomach was swollen and the teachers asked him to revive the child.

“I saw white-coloured liquid coming out his nose. He was not breathing. The stink was unbearable, and this time I vomited. I even lost my Aadhaar card in the septic tank,” he said.

Baitha said the child was rushed to a hospital. Later, local residents gave him hot water to bathe. “Some people offered me tea and praised me, but I am sad that I could not save the child.”

Baitha, who hails from Betiah district in Bihar, had moved to Delhi four months ago to work as a dailywage labourer.

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