Delhi: Man falls into pit dug by BSES, dies
On Saturday morning, a passer-by saw the man lying upside down in the ditch and raised an alarm. Some locals took out the man from the pit and rushed him to Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital in Malviya Nagar. Doctors declared the man dead on arrival.delhi Updated: Apr 22, 2017 23:57 IST
A 30-year-old man died after falling into a seven-foot pit allegedly dug by the BSES to lay cables for installing street lamps in south Delhi’s Sangam Vihar late on Friday night. police said.
The pit was left unattended by labourers and contractor, who did not even put a warning sign. The area around the pit was neither barricaded nor covered with warning tapes, said police.
On Saturday morning, a passer-by saw the man lying upside down in the ditch and raised an alarm. Some locals took out the man from the pit and rushed him to Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital in Malviya Nagar. Doctors declared the man dead on arrival.
The hospital authorities informed the Neb Sarai police about the death around 7.30 am on Saturday.
The deceased, Ravi Kumar, lived with his family in L-block in Sangam Vihar. He was a driver at a private company in Saket. His family comprises his father Munna Lal, mother Madhu, wife Neetu and two sons, Jatin,6, and Aryan, 4.
“In an unfortunate incident in Sangam Vihar, a person died last night, apparently after falling in a pit dug by a contractor to lay cables. Our condolences are with the family of the deceased. We are cooperating with the police. Our internal accident enquiry committee is investigating the case,” said a BSES spokesperson.
A police officer said Kumar was returning home after work when he accidentally fell into the pit. “Prima facie it appears the area was dark and Kumar failed to locate the pit. He fell into the ditch on his head and fell unconscious. As the area was isolated, nobody saw Kumar falling or came to his rescue,” the officer said.
Kumar’s family members, the officer said, were searching for him in the locality when he did not return home in the night and was not responding to their phone calls. One of the neighbours informed them that Kumar had fallen into the pit and was taken to hospital. Kumar’s body was handed over to his family members after the autopsy.
A case of death due to negligence was registered against unknown persons at the Neb Sarai police station. Investigators said they will approach BSES and collect details about the contractor. “The contractor’s role will be examined,” the officer added.