Six-year-old boy drowns in sump

A six-year-old boy, Nitin, was found dead in a water sump in B Channasandra on Sunday.

He was son of Subramanyam, a construction labourer. The boy’s family, which hails from Kuppam in Andhra Pradesh, was residing at a slum in the locality. 

On Sunday morning, Nitin was playing with his friends in front of his house. His father had gone out to work and his mother was occupied in the kitchen.

A few neighbours said they last saw him at around 10 am. Nitin's mother discovered that the boy was missing after about an hour. The boy’s family and neighbours began searching for him in the neighbourhood. On enquiring, they found that all his friends had returned home after playing, whereas Nithin was nowhere to be found.

‘No compound wall’

While searching for the boy, one of the neighbours happened to look into a sump located on a road close to the boy’s home, only to discover his body floating in the water. By the time the boy could be hauled from the water, he was dead. The sump  belongs to one Venkatesh. It is situated in a narrow bylane, with no compound walls. It lacked a sturdy lid and was covered with only a plywood sheet, making it unsafe.

Ramamurthynagar police have registered a case.

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