UP boy dies at glass firm in M'lore

The deceased has been identified as Mohommad Sohdhan, a resident of Muradabad district of Uttar Pradesh.

According to sources, Sohdhan was made to climb atop a lorry laden with glass items. While unloading the same, he slipped and fell over glass slabs kept outside the lorry, which caused severe head injury. He was rushed to a private hospital in the city in serious condition. However, he succumbed to injuries at about 1 am on Wednesday morning.

While the witnesses to the incident say slipping over glasses killed the boy, the police version says that the boy was knocked down by a lorry, which was reversing in the premises of the firm Empire Glasses in Bejai.

Hush up
According to sources, the proprietor of the firm had made all possible efforts to hush up the case by sending the dead body of the boy along with his brother and an acquaintance back to their native place. But plans turned damp squib when a section of people demanded post mortem on the body because the boy did not look older than 14 years.

Child labour or not?
When doubts were raised over the age of Sohdhan, Child Welfare Committee came on scene.

Acting on the same, the authorities ordered post mortem of the body on Wednesday.
Surprisingly, the PM report was out by Wednesday afternoon, which read that the boy was 15 to 16 years old clearly suggesting that it was not a child labour case.

However, speaking to Deccan Herald, Child Welfare Committee President Asha Nayak said that the boy is still a minor and hence it is clear violation of Juvenile Justice Act. “Our efforts will be to see to it that the family of the victim is compensated.

Efforts are on to find more details about the boy by co-ordinating with CWC in Uttar Pradesh,” said Nayak. However, the proprietor has been booked under IPC 304A for negligence and a FIR has been filed against him.

Child Rights Commission Chairperson Neena Nayak said that the Commission will take up the issue seriously once they are in receipt of the reports from CWC and the police.

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