Two babies die in freak mishaps

Two children were killed in separate freak accidents in the City on Wednesday.

While one-year-old Arjun died after a window grill fell on his head in Banashankari III Stage, eight-month-old Lingraju died of injuries he suffered when a lorry dropped centering material on the toddler on the Jnana Bharati campus.

Police attributed the deaths to unsupervised care by the children’s parents who worked as construction labourers.

Arjun’s parents Basavaraj and Shivgangamma were busy with their daily chores at a construction site when the accident occurred.

According to police, Arjun was playing in a shed on the site unsupervised by his parents. “It appears the parents had left the child to play while his father was filling water. The boy tried to peek outside the window and the grill fell on his head,” said ACP Veerbhadregowda.

Not fitted properly

It was alleged that the window grill was not fitted properly and when Arjun playfully tugged at it, the grill fell on his head. Shivgangamma rushed a profusely bleeding Arjun to Nimhans where doctors, despite their best efforts, could not save the boy.
According to the hospital authorities, the boy died an hour after he was admitted. A case has been registered with the Girinagar police station.

In another incident, little Lingraju was sleeping on a pile of cement bags under the shade of a tree on the Jnana Bharati campus on Wednesday morning. His parents Hanumantha Natikar and Thayamma, natives of Yadgir taluk in Gulbarga, were busy in construction work  when lorry driver Chandrashekar dumped centering material on the cement bags without noticing the sleeping child.

When the labourers raised an alarm, Chandrashekar moved his vehicle away from the child, but it was too late. Iron rods had pierced the boy in his stomach, causing fatal injuries. He rushed the baby to the nearby IndusWest Hospital where Lingraju died, police said. Chandrashekar, who also owns the lorry, surrendered at the Kamakshipalya police station.

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