Child dies after falling into manhole, NHRC notice to South corporation

The boy’s body was found the next day after police and fire personnel carried out a rescue work.

New Delhi | Published: March 9, 2014 2:09:04 am

Taking suo motu cognisance of newspaper reports, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Saturday issued a notice to the South Municipal Corporation in connection with the death of a four-year-old boy who fell into an manhole which was left open in Jaitpur area. The Commission observed that the contents of the press report, if true, raise a serious violation of human rights.

While the NHRC asked commissioner, South Municipal Corporation, for a factual report on the incident within two weeks, South corporation spokesperosn Mukesh Yadav said the drain was under the jurisdiction of the UP irrigation department and not under the corporation.

“When we receive the notice, we will reply to it. But we have already clarified that the drain was not under our jurisdiction but the irrigation department,” Yadav said.

This came after reports of a four-year-old boy dying after he slipped into an open manhole in Jaitpur, Southeast Delhi, on Wednesday.

According to media reports and police, the boy, Gurpreet, and his grandmother were near their house on a cycle-rickshaw. While his grandmother was paying the rickshaw-puller, Gurpreet shook off his grandmother’s hand and ran towards the house. Due to a power outage, the child could not spot the open manhole and fell into it.

The boy’s body was found the next day after police and fire personnel carried out a rescue work.

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