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GDA booked for manhole death

Officials of the ONGC travelled from Mumbai to Ghaziabad to lodge an FIR against the Ghaziabad Development Authority for alleged negligence that led to the death of their colleague Anil Kumar Tayal,General Manager,when he fell into an open manhole in Indirapuram three days ago.

Officials of the ONGC travelled from Mumbai to Ghaziabad to lodge an FIR against the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) for alleged negligence that led to the death of their colleague Anil Kumar Tayal,General Manager (Finance),when he fell into an open manhole in Indirapuram three days ago.

Police said officials of the ONGC came to the Indirapuram police station on Thursday.

Gorakh Nath Yadav,SHO of Indirapuram police station,said: “Officials of the ONGC came from Mumbai to lodge an FIR. It was filed by Mahender Singh,Deputy General Manager. A case has been registered under Section 304A — causing death due to negligence. The case has been filed against the authorities concerned which,in this case,is the GDA.”

Police said the next step in the investigation would be to identify the official responsible for the act of negligence.

“Now that a FIR has been registered,we will begin formal investigations into the incident,which was earlier listed as an accidental death. Our course of action will be to find out which official was responsible for the manhole that was left open and then prosecute him under the IPC,” SHO Yadav said.

“We are also looking at the role of workers who used to pump in water for the Green Valley park. They used a Jal Nigam truck which would come early in the morning to pump in water. The picture should be clear in the next few days,” Yadav said.

An official of the GDA said the Authority would cooperate with the police investigation.

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“We have already taken action against the officers concerned. Whatever the police demand from us in terms of investigation will be provided in full. It is clear that there was lapse on our part,” the official said.

On Wednesday,the GDA suspended junior engineer S K Sinha,recommended an adverse entry in the performance evaluation of assistant engineer Arvind Chaudhry and issued a warning letter to executive engineer S S Shukla.

On Sunday evening,Anil Kumar Tayal,who was staying in a company guest house after his transfer from Mumbai,fell into the manhole and died of head injuries.

The manhole is located outside the main gate of Green Valley 1,a park for residents of the Abhay Khand area. Police said Tayal had gone to the park for a walk,did not see the open manhole and fell into it.

Members of the Tayal family said that they were in touch with officials of the ONGC,but were unaware that a case had been registered.

“The organisation has been talking to the family very regularly. But we were not aware of the filing of the criminal complaint. We just want to put this unfortunate incident behind us,” said Arun Tayal,brother of Anil Tayal.

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