5-yr-old drowns in school septic tank

Parents allege negligence, probe ordered

A five-year-old boy died after falling into a municipal corporation-run school’s septic tank in southwest Delhi’s Kapashera area on Wednesday morning.

The tank, located on the school premises, had its lid open when the boy studying in nursery class fell into it, said police.

“Ankit was playing in the premises of MCD’s no 2 primary school in Kapashera when he accidentally slipped into the tank, as its cover was opened,” said R A Sanjeev, Deputy Commissioner of Police, (South West).

Seeing the boy fall in the tank, a crowd gathered around it. However, for a few minutes nobody could gather courage to enter it, said police.

After some time, a labourer, Ram Singh, who was working at a nearby under-construction building, came  over on seeing the crowd, and offered to enter the tank.

“The labourer jumped inside the tank, and after a struggle of a few minutes managed to bring Ankit out from it.

“However, when Ankit was taken to the Columbia Asia Hospital in Gurgaon for treatment, he was declared brought dead by the doctors,” Sanjeev added.

Police have registered a case of negligence against the principal and administration of the school. Further investigation is underway, said police.

The body has been sent for a post-mortem.
“We have lost our kid, and the school authorities are responsible for it. We want everyone behind it to be punished. How can the lid of a septic tank be kept open inside a primary school where small kids study? This is negligence of massive proportion,” said Ankit’s aunt Sunita.

The MCD has ordered an inquiry by the Additional Commissioner of Education in the incident.
“We are really sad about the kid’s death. The incident is very unfortunate. We have ordered an inquiry into it, and I am sure the committee will recommend measures which will prevent these kinds of cases happening in the future,” said South MCD spokesperson Mukesh Yadav.

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