A five-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool of a plush residential complex in Thane on Thursday.
The police suspect the boy, Abhay Pawar, entered into the deep section of the 4.5ft deep pool and drowned as his clothes were lying nearby.
Abhay’s mother, Changunabai Pawar, cooks and cleans at seven houses in Swastik Residency Complex on Ghodbunder Road in Thane. His father Babu Pawar is an autorickshaw driver.
“Usually Changunabai’s sister would babysit Abhay when his parents were at work, but as she was out of town, Changunabai took her son to work on Thursday,” said Kishore Salve, assistant police commissioner of the Kasarwadavli police station
Around 11.15am, when Changunabai was working at a flat on the fifth floor, Abhay told her that he wanted to go down and play. “I gave him a chapati in a plastic bag and told him to eat it in the garden. After 15 minutes, I finished work and went downstairs. I saw his clothes near the swimming pool and his body floating inside the pool,” said an inconsolable Changunabai.
She shouted for help and two fitness trainers from the adjoining gym rushed to the pool and got Abhay out. “They tried to pump the water out of his body but were unsuccessful. I took him to a local doctor. No one from the building accompanied me. The doctor advised me to take him to the civil hospital. I called my husband and we took him to the hospital but the doctors declared him dead on admission,” Changunabai said.
The swimming pool and the adjoining clubhouse are fenced with grilles and a gate. During investigation, the police found that the gate to the pool was open and the place was unattended when the boy entered the pool.
Pramod Khade, senior police inspector, said: “We had registered an accidental death report. But, it is mandatory that the pool area be closed or at least there should a watchman near the pool. We will file a case of negligence against whoever is responsible for the maintenance of the pool.”