The body of a 35-year-old man was found in a 20-ft-deep pit dug by a civic contractor on BR Road near Indraprasth hotel in Mulund on Wednesday evening.
The pit had been dug for the laying of a new sewage line.
The man, identified as Siyaram Ramsharan Yadav, had gone missing two days ago. His body was fished out from the pit and was taken to the nearby MT Aggrawal hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
Sources in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said the civic body was checking whether the man died after he fell into the pit or was killed and thrown into it.
The pit had long barricades on both sides, local corporator, Manoj Kotak, said. BMC officials said the pit was dug a month ago and the work of laying a new sewage line was in progress.
The police have registered a case of accidental death and are awaiting the post mortem reports to ascertain the cause of the death. The police will investigate the matter if it is established that Yadav was murdered.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (zone VII) Sanjay Shintre said: “We have taken an accidental death report and are waiting for the hospital [post mortem] reports to find out whether he was killed or fell into the pit [and died].”
If the post mortem report says Yadav died due to injuries from falling into the pit, this will be the second such case in the city this month.
On January 7, a 60-year-old woman Mariamma Naidu suffered fatal injuries after she fell into a pit at Wadala, dug by the BMC because it was replacing the storm water drain.
Following a spate of incidents of many people dying due to negligence on the part of the civic contractors, the BMC has decided to frame a compensation policy for these victims.