10-year-old boy drowns in stormwater drain

A 10-year-old boy drowned in stormwater drain (SWD) near Bellanduru Lake in HAL police limits on Saturday evening.

The police identified the victim as Junaid, son of construction labourers from Uttar Pradesh, residents of  Kariyammana Agrahara.

The victim’s parents came to Bengaluru to eke out a living a year ago. They were employed by a construction contractor and were staying with other labourers at Kariyammana Agrahara, said the police.

Junaid went out of his house to play cricket around 4 pm on Saturday. He rushed towards rajakaluve to fetch the ball that had fallen there. While collecting the ball, Junaid lost balance and fell into the overflowing drain, added the police.

The victim’s parents approached the police and lodged a complaint after they learnt that he had fallen into the drain, said the police.

“A team comprising 20 personnel searched for the body till 11 pm before calling off the operation,” Chief Fire Officer C Basavanna said.

The team resumed operation at 6 am on Sunday and recovered the body that was stuck in a huge quantity of plastic waste, about half a kilometre away from the spot, he added.

Man drowns in quarry pit

A 24-year-old man drowned in a quarry pit near his house at Aklenahalli village in Devanahalli taluk on Sunday afternoon. The victim has been identified as Arun Kumar, a tempo traveller driver.

According to the police, Arun Kumar fell into the pit while attempting to retrieve the bucket that had fallen into the pit. He didn’t know swimming and drowned.

Victim’s mother Rukmini and wife Bhavya, who were witness to the incident, raised alarm. A few neighbours rushed to the spot, jumped into the pit and lifted Arun Kumar, but by then he was dead, added the police.

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