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Greater Noida Authority orders internal probe into toddler’s death who drowned in an open drain

Aarav, son of a CRPF sub-inspector, drowned in an open drain in Sector Mu-2 in Greater Noida on Tuesday evening

noida Updated: Jul 13, 2017 22:23 IST
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Officials have taken a serious view of the incident and have ordered a probe into the matter.
Officials have taken a serious view of the incident and have ordered a probe into the matter.

Greater Noida: The Greater Noida authority has ordered an internal probe into the death of a one-and-a-half-year-old toddler, who drowned in an open drainage in Sector Mu-2 in Greater Noida on Tuesday evening.

Residents of the sector expressed anger over the incident and blamed the authority for having failed to cover open drains in Greater Noida, which resulted in the mishap.

Senior authority officials have taken a serious view of the incident and have ordered a probe into the matter.

Janardan, the additional chief executive officer of the development authority, said, “It is a very unfortunate incident to have taken place. We have demanded a report on open drains in Greater Noida and solutions to ensure that such incidents do not take place again.”

KK Singh, general manager (projects), has been given the responsibility of probing the incident and submit a report on open drains in Greater Noida.

He said, “The toddler drowned in a 40 cm (1.3 foot) wide drainage channel. Generally, drainages of such narrow width are not covered as it may cause choking of (drainage) channels and cause difficulty in cleaning. However, after the incident, we are trying to arrive at a solution to ensure that such incidents are not repeated.”

Aarav, son of a CRPF sub-inspector, drowned in an open drain in Sector Mu-2 in Greater Noida on Tuesday evening. After heavy rains on Tuesday afternoon, the uncovered drains that were filled with turned into a deadly trap for the toddler.

The toddler’s death triggered widespread protests by residents on Tuesday evening. Hundreds of residents of the sector gathered at Pari Chowk in Greater Noida and created a blockade. The station house officer of Kasna police station, Jitendra Kumar, said, “The protesters obstructed (traffic movement) at the junction and caused damage to public property. Despite verbal orders from the police, they did not clear the blockade and had to be dispersed by force.”

The Kasna police registered an FIR under sections 147, 341, 353 and 332 of the IPC against eight named persons and 60 others for creating a ruckus at Pari Chowk on Tuesday.