A nine-year-old boy got seven stitches on his forehead after he slipped into a hole dug up by the power distribution company BSES in an east Delhi colony road opposite Karkardooma court.
Residents said that BSES Yamuna Power Limited had not taken permission for carrying out the digging.
The incident took place on Friday evening when the boy had gone out to play. He failed to notice the hole as it got submerged in water when it started to rain.
A case has been filed in this regard at the Anand Vihar police station.
“BSES had dug up several holes along the inner lane of our society. One of the holes is right in front of our house. The digging work had taken place three days ago but despite repeated protests by residents, BSES has still not covered them up,” said KR Gupta, the child's grandfather.
Gupta said it was their neighbour’s alertness that saved the boy. He saw the child fall inside the ditch and pulled him out immediately. Otherwise, the boy could have been electrocuted as the hole was full of electric wires.
“My grandson is in a state of shock and pain. He has been advised to undergo several medical tests by doctors to rule out any internal injuries in the brain. The concerned engineer was informed about the accident by the neighbours, but he was totally apathetic,” added Gupta.
When contacted, BSES officials termed the incident unfortunate and blamed the rain for it.
“A BSES contractor is carrying out some cabling work as part of maintenance activity at a pedestrian bridge of the public works department. So he had dug up a small hole and had covered it up with mud. But as it rained heavily, the mud sank and created a depression. The boy must have tripped while playing and fell near the ditch, not inside it. Normally we compact the mud. But as it was raining, we were unable to do it. We have asked the contractor to cover it up right away,” said a BSES official.
When contacted, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation said they had not given any permission to BSES to carry out any digging in the area.