7-year-old boy drowns in GLADA swimming pool

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: May 30, 2016 14:44 IST
Vivek Kumar (HT Photo)

A seven-year-old boy drowned in the swimming pool run by Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) at Urban Estate, Dugri, on Saturday evening.

The deceased has been identified as Vivek Kumar (7) of Dugri. Younger among three siblings, Vivek was a student of Class 2.

Dugri station house officer (SHO) Joginder Singh said, “He had left the house on Saturday evening when rain and storm hit Ludhiana. When he did not return back till 8.30pm, the family started searching for him.”

“He got into the pool without knowledge of caretakers. When caretakers noticed the body floating on the surface, they immediately took it out and informed the police. Dugri police handed over the body to the family after conducting post-mortem on Sunday,” the SHO said.

Singh said, “His father, Baldev Krishan runs a grocery shop in Dugri area. He alleged that his son had died due to the negligence of caretakers of the pool.”

“Meanwhile the caretakers stated that the boy was not a member of the pool. They were not aware about when he entered the pool,” the SHO said.

The SHO said, “It is suspected that the boy jumped into deeper side of the pool and drowned. Following his father’s statement, police have lodged an FIR against pool caretakers under 304-A (causing death due to negligence) of the IPC. Police have also been investigating the role of caretakers in the incident.”

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