A 14-month-old boy drowned inside a bucket filled with water at the terrace of his house at Ashok Vihar area in Loni town of Ghaziabad on Wednesday evening. The boy’s father rushed him to several hospitals, but he was declared dead.
The family lived on the first floor of a house. The incident took place at around 3.45pm on Thursday, when the toddler Azam and his mother Fatma Abbasi were alone at home. The other children had gone for tuition. Fatma was busy in sweeping the house when Azam climbed the stairs and reached the roof.
“It was around 3.45pm when my son climbed the stairs and got close to the 15-litre water bucket, which was half filled. He had learnt to walk and climbed to the roof during the incident. My wife got to know about the incident four to five minutes later and she ran to the roof. May be my son peeped into the bucket and fell inside head first,” said boy’s father Musharraf Abbasi, a TV mechanic running a workshop close to his house.
“I rushed him to four hospitals nearby and he was breathing hard. Later, he could not survive. He was the youngest among his five siblings,” Abbasi added.
The family has got a tap installed on the roof and a bucket was kept for daily chores. Abbasi, who originally hails from Muzaffarnagar, had been staying in Loni for the past 30 years. Azam was the youngest of his five siblings. The other siblings were aged between 4 and 14 years.
The incident comes close to a similar incident in Delhi’s Rohini on February 25, where twins got drowned after allegedly having a head first fall into a washing machine at their house. The horrific accident occurred when the three-year-old boys’ mother had stepped out to buy household items after having set up the machine and filled it with water.