Two die after falling in pit in Govandi
Fire department officials said while the area was barricaded, at some places they were not placed properly, allowing the two victims to enter the areamumbai Updated: Feb 06, 2017 00:39 IST
Two people died after falling into a pit dug by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) hydraulic engineering department for water works near Deonar dumping road at Shivaji Nagar, Govandi, on Sunday.
According to fire department officials, Mohammad Imran Khan, 28, and Mohammad Nizamuddin Qureshi, 28, had fallen 10x30 square feet pit that was 12 feet deep. Fire department officials said while the area was barricaded, at some places they were not placed properly, allowing the two victims to enter the area.
The duo were rescued by firemen with the help of ropes, hook anchors and bamboo and rushed to Rajawadi hospital. The hospital’s medical officer declared Khan and Qureshi brought dead.
The Deonar police have registered a case of accidental death and are investigating any negligence.
“The duo may have ventured inside to fetch water as they washed cars in the locality. While there are no witnesses in the case, we suspect one may have fallen and the other, too, drowned in an attempt to save the other,” said Dattatray Shinde, senior police inspector, Deonar police station.
The incident came to light when the duo did not return for a long time and their friends began to search for them.
“The friends spotted slippers in the pit, after which they realised the duo had falled in,” said Shinde. Irked over the incident, locals tried to block the traffic, but the police intervened.