It was 6.45 pm on a regular Sunday for the Parabs. Their seven-year-old son, Aryan, had gone to Ozone Swimming Pool and Activity Center for his swimming lessons. His 46-year-old mother, Sneha was sitting in the waiting area away from the pool. Her son was to return in the next fifteen minutes.
Suddenly, she heard a few children shouting her son’s name. When she rushed to the glass door, she saw a man carrying her son in his arms.
The family is extremely disappointed with the management of the Ozone centre.
“They do not allow parents near the pool. Aryan’s mother was asked to sit in the waiting area. If they do not allow parents to be by the poolside, the least they can do is take care of the kids properly,” said Ganesh Parshuram Parab, Aryan’s 62-year-old uncle, who lives close to the Parab residence.
“Aryan’s parents wanted him to learn swimming, they wanted him to be an ace at all sports,” Ganesh added.
Aryan was adopted. His mother Sneha, and father, Sukumar Sadashiv Parab, had no children of their own. Parab is an employee with the Mazgaon Docks Ltd, in the Motilal Nagar area of Goregaon (West). He had recently appeared for his class two examinations at Vivek Vidyalaya.
“They adopted Aryan when he was little and gave the best to him. His father came to the hospital after he learnt of the incident. He collapsed on a bench and has been sitting there still for the past two hours. He hasn’t moved or spoken,” said Ganesh.
Aryan’s mother is in a state of shock. “She could not believe what had happened. It was only when the doctor’s pronounced him dead that the reality sunk in,” Ganesh added.