Toddler drowns in open manhole

Girl slips, falls into drain while playing

Due to the negligence of East Delhi Municipal Corporation, one-year-old toddler lost her life after falling into an open manhole in Ghazipur on Tuesday, police said.

Aarushi lived with her parents at Rajbhir Colony in Ghazipur. She was playing outside her house on Tuesday morning at 10.15 am.

A 12-year-old boy, Vishal, while crossing the lane where Aarushi was playing saw her drowned in a drain. Only her legs were visible. He pulled her out and informed her family members.

Her mother and uncle reached the spot and found Aarushi unconscious. They rushed her to Lal Bahadur Hospital where doctors declared her brought dead.

During investigation, police found that the manhole was open and while playing Aarushi slipped and fell inside the drain with her head down.

The family members said they have been reporting about the open drain to the local municipal staff for last one-and-half-year. But they never bothered to cover the open manhole.

Police after the post-mortem handed over the body to her family. They registered a complaint of death due to negligence against unknown people.

3-year-old boy rescued

A three-year-old boy was rescued from a dry well at Inderpuri in north west Delhi on Monday afternoon, police said. The kid had been missing for more than 24 hours.

Police said Chetan, son of Vijay Kumar, was living with his family at Inderpuri Colony.
On Saturday night, Chetan was sleeping with his father, but when his father woke up in the night he found him missing. The family looked for Chetan in the neighbourhood but when they failed to trace him, they registered a complaint on Sunday.

On Monday, a kidnapping case registered against unknown people. While looking for Chetan, police received a call at a police control room on Monday afternoon that a child was seen in a dry well.

Police team reached the spot and rescued the kid from the 50 feet deep well, who was identified as Chetan.

He was rushed to nearby hospital. He was discharged  after first aid treatment.
Chetan had received insect bite injuries. The passerby who had made the call said while he was crossing the well he heard a child’s voice screaming for help. Police said the child might have been kidnapped and then hidden in the well. “We are still investigating into the matter,”  said an official.

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