Infant falls to death in freak incident

In a freak incident,a one-and-a-half-year-old child fell to her death from the fourth floor of her apartment building in East Delhi’s Mandawali area on Monday afternoon.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 28, 2012 2:07:46 am

In a freak incident,a one-and-a-half-year-old child fell to her death from the fourth floor of her apartment building in East Delhi’s Mandawali area on Monday afternoon.

The child was playing hide-and-seek with her mother when she slipped through a gap in the railing along the stairs.

The incident was reported around 2 pm on Monday when the child,Alima,was playing around the house,which is situated on the fourth floor of Prince Apartments.

“We were all around at the time of the incident. Alima walked across to the kitchen,where she had a glass of water. Later,she sat on the sofa for a while. But because she was restless,she started running around the house,” said Alima’s grandfather,Abdul Sattar Khan Bharti,a doctor.

The girl’s mother,Mantasha,a housewife,reportedly kept telling her to sit in one place.

“She ran out before Mantasha could even realise what was happening,and hid behind a flower pot right next to the railing,” said Abdul.

Mantasha ran after Alima and asked her to come back. But the child,in an attempt to hide,began leaning against the railing.

She peeped from behind the flower pot. Before Mantasha could catch hold of her,Alima had slipped through the gap in the railing. Mantasha managed to hold onto Alima’s slippers,but the child fell through.

Alima’s father,Aman Ali,works for a travel agency.

He was at work at the time of the incident.

Nisha,Alima’s aunt,said,“We have complained to the RWA several times,asking them to put a mesh or at least cover the gaps. My son too got stuck between the railings a few years ago. We complained then too. But nothing has been done so far.”

Police said they haven’t received a formal complaint from the family yet. “Whatever their complaint may be,we will review it and take the required action” said a senior police officer investigating the case.

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