A family’s Diwali celebration turned into tragedy on Sunday after a four-year-old girl from the family fell from the terrace of their building at Tardeo.
The victim, Aditi Santosh Kakad, had come to her uncle’s residence on the fifth floor of Yashomandir, a Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) building located at Sane Guruji Marg.
The police said at 5.00 pm, the shopkeepers and residents heard a big thud on the roof of a temple located next to the building. They rushed to the spot to find Aditi in a pool of blood. She was rushed to a private hospital and then to Nair hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
“Aditi who was from Nashik had come along with parents to the city to visit her uncle Ramesh Sangle for Diwali,” said Assistant Police Inspector S Dhoomal from the Tardeo police station.
The police suspect that Aditi may have unknowingly climbed to the terrace from their fifth floor flat. “The family members thought that she was playing in the balcony but the girl reached the terrace, which does not have a boundary wall and she may have lost her balance and fallen,” Dhoomal said.
Police said they will record statements of the family members to ascertain the exact sequence of events.
The residents of the society abstained from celebrating Diwali after the incident. “The building is 20 years old and the MHADA still hasn’t built a parapet wall on the building. If there was such a wall, the incident could have been avoided,” said a resident of the building. The Tardeo police have registered a case of accidental death.