A three-year-old boy was crushed under a police barricade in east Delhi's West Vinod Nagar near Madhu Vihar on Sunday evening.
The incident took place around 7pm near Mangalam Hospital where the victim's grandmother sells street food from a portable stall.
Police said the deceased, identified as Kunal, lived with his parents, elder brother and grandmother in West Vinod Nagar. His father, Vijendra, is an auto-rickshaw driver.
On Sunday evening, Kunal was with his grandmother at her stall. While she was busy preparing food and serving them to customers, Kunal went near the police barricades which were lying on the roadside.
"Eyewitnesses said the boy climbed on to one of the barricades, to use it as a swing. The iron barricade standing on uneven ground started swerving and the boy fell down. As soon as he hit the ground, the heavy iron barricade came crashing down on him," said a police officer.
The critically injured boy was immediately rushed to the Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. A post-mortem examination was conducted on Monday after which Kunal's body was handed over to his family, the officer added.
Angry over the unfortunate death, the family members and relatives of Kunal protested against the local police and blamed them for him death.
They alleged that police officers from the local police station place barricades on roads, especially during night, for checking of vehicles and abandon them on the roadside. "This is an unfortunate incident but we cannot be blamed for it," the police officer added.