Toddler drowns in a pit at construction site

A one-year-old girl drowned in a pit at a construction site where her parents were employed as labourers, in Chowdaiah Layout, Abbigere, on Monday.

According to the police, Sowmya, the toddler, was the daughter of Devamma and Lingaraju, a couple from a village in Gulbarga district. They had been working as construction labourers at a three-storey building coming up in the Layout.

They were living in a makeshift shed near the construction site.

On Monday, while Lingaraju was working on the second floor, Devamma bathed the girl and let her play in the shed at about 12:30 pm. Devamma, who was busy preparing lunch, could not find the baby after about 15 minutes.

As she went in search of her daughter, the girl was found in a small pit. Though she was immediately rushed to a nearby private hospital, the child was declared brought dead.

The one-foot-deep pit is located adjacent to the building at the mouth of a water pipe from the terrace. The baby fell headside down and died of asphyxiation as her face was immersed in water, police said. Gangammanagudi police have registered a case of unnatural death.

Chain snatched

A man, who approached an elderly woman on the pretext of asking an address, snatched her two gold chains in Binny Layout, Vijayanagar on Sunday night.

According to the complaint lodged by Shanthamma, the victim, she was returning home from a nearby temple when the incident occurred.
Vijayanagar police have registered a case.

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