Updated: July 20, 2021 12:35:17 am
Three people died in weather-related accidents across the capital over the past 24 hours. In the first incident, a 27-year-old drowned after he waded into a waterlogged railway underpass and slipped while “trying to take a selfie” in the rain. Police said the incident took place in Southeast Delhi’s Pul Prahladpur on Monday afternoon.
The street where the man was standing was waterlogged after heavy rain, and police suspect he slipped and drowned. The deceased, Ravi Chautala, was pulled out from the underpass.
RP Meena, DCP (Southeast), said they received a call at 1.37 pm. “Locals spotted a man drowning and we immediately called firefighters and divers to rescue him. After some time, divers pulled out the body. Chautala was identified with the ID in his wallet.”
Chautala lived with his family in Jaitpur. During enquiry, eyewitnesses told police he was trying to shoot videos and take selfies.
He is survived by his wife and their 10-month-old girl. Police said Chautala worked at an export house in Okhla. His body has been sent to AIIMS for a post-mortem examination and his family has been informed. Police have initiated inquest proceedings.
In another incident, the body of a nine-year-old boy was found in a ditch near his home in Outer Delhi’s Metro Vihar on Monday morning. Police said the victim, Govind, was walking towards a farm to go to a toilet when he slipped and fell into the ditch. The farm and the surrounding area were waterlogged due to heavy rains.
Rajeev Ranjan, DCP (Outer North), said police received information about the boy at 1.18 pm. “He lived in Metro Vihar, Holambi Kalan area, and drowned in a ditch. Locals and family members took him to Jai Singh hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival.”
During the enquiry, Govind’s father Mahipal said the boy left the house at 10 am and didn’t return. His family and locals searched for him for hours before they found his body near the farm.
In the third case, a 19-year-old security guard and eight goats died of electrocution in Jasola Vihar on Sunday night.
Police received a call about the incident, which took place near a DDA colony, around 6 am on Monday. The security guard, Hemant Kuntal, and the animals were found dead at a temporary shed outside the colony. A senior police officer said the guard was asked to look after the goats, which were purchased by some residents for Eid. “Due to heavy rain last night, a few wires fell inside the shed and the goats died of electrocution. Kuntal rushed to save them but got electrocuted too,” said the officer.
A case under IPC sections 289 (negligent conduct w.r.t animals), 337 (act endangering life) and 304 A (death by negligence) has been registered at Sarita Vihar police station against unknown persons.
Auto driver drowns in Gurgaon underpass
The body of a 24-year-old auto driver was fished out from the waterlogged pedestrian underpass at Rajiv Chowk on Monday evening, with police suspecting he drowned.
Officials from the fire department said they received a call around 4.30 pm that somebody had drowned in the underpass. Police said the deceased has been identified as Durgesh, a resident of Arjun Nagar.
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