In a shocking incident, a six-year-old boy died after falling into an open manhole in Faridabad's Sector-55 area late on Sunday night. The incident took place when the boy and his mother were returning from New Delhi.
The police have registered a case against officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority(HUDA). The boy, Inderpal Singh, and his mother Sudha were returning home around 8 p.m. and was walking behind his mother.
When Sudha turned around to look for him, she could not find him. After a while, she realised that Inderpal had fallen into the manhole. With help from some residents, he was pulled out and rushed to a private hospital in Sector-23. He was later referred to a private hospital in Faridabad, where he breathed his last late on Sunday night. Angry residents assembled at the house of the victim's family and demanded action against the errant HUDA officials for not covering the open manhole. Senior HUDA officials, including its administrator D. Suresh, visited the site. They also visited the victim’s family.
Meanwhile, the police registered a case under Section 304A of the Indian Penal Code against two HUDA officials, Junior Engineer Ganga Ram and Sub Divisional Engineer N.P. Gupta.
"We have registered a case against two HUDA officers," Dalbir Singh, station house officer, Sector-55 police station said. The victim's family and residents also demanded Rs 5 lakh compensation.
Meanwhile, HUDA officials said the manhole did not fall under their jurisdiction. "It was a hole left open for a lamp pole and belongs to private agencies," Superintending Engineer of HUDA S.K. Singla said.