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Civic panel to probe 8-yr-old’s drowning, cops book instructor

mumbai Updated: Mar 14, 2010 01:07 IST
HT Correspondent

A day after Kasim Siddiqui, an eight-year-old boy drowned in the Andheri Sports Complex swimming pool, the municipal corporation set up a two-member committee to investigate into the incident.

Mayor Shraddha Jadhav called an urgent meeting at her Shivaji Park official residence. It was decided that the committee will submit a report within a week to ascertain if there was any negligence on the part of the management.

“Once the report is submitted and if negligence is proved, action will be taken against the guilty,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner Ashish Kumar Singh.

The committee includes the zonal Deputy Municipal Commissioner (DMC) Kiran Acharekar and Chandrashekhar Rokde, DMC in-charge of swimming pools.

“The committee has been set up to fix responsibility and the conclusions will help ensure such incidents are not repeated,” added Singh.

The Amboli police booked swimming instructor of the sports complex Jayendra Muskar (44) on negligence charge. “We have registered the case and he will be arrested soon,” said Senior Police Inspector Kailash Ghamande.

On Friday, while Kasim’s mother Sadiqa was waiting for him at the complex, Yash his friend saw him unconscious inside the water.

Yash raised an alarm and the boy was rushed to R.N. Cooper Hospital in Juhu, but he was declared dead before admission.

Sadiqa blamed the instructors, who were allegedly not paying attention to the children, for the death.

Ghamande said they are recording the statements of all those present at the time of the incident. “The management will be questioned to know who was at fault,” he added.