In connection with the death five-year-old boy Sagar, who had died after falling into a manhole, the local bodies department has chargesheeted retired municipal corporation (MC) executive engineer Satnam Singh and four other MC employees.
Other MC employees against whom chargesheet has been filed are SDO Ravinder Singh and JE Rajesh Puri, both are posted with operation and maintenance branch of MC; and sewer supervisors Banwari Lal and Hira Lal.
The local bodies department filed the chargesheet after 10-month-long inquiry. It was found that the said officials had allegedly failed to cover the manhole in Basti Peerdad area, in which Sagar fell and died. The officials have been asked to file their replies to the department in three weeks.
Additional municipal commissioner PS Jaggi confirmed the development.
Sagar, the son of a labourer, Kanshi Ram, fell into the manhole when he was passing through the area with his father. Sagar was rescued out of the manhole and was taken to the civil hospital, but could not be saved. After this, the locals lodged a strong protest against the MC officials.
Though the department had started an inquiry immediately after the incident, but it moved at a slow pace.
Former executive engineer Satnam Singh, who retired in April this year, said that they were not responsible for the incident. He said that no one from the area had lodged a complaint with the MC regarding the open manhole. He also added that they had provided additional manhole covers, which were not put to use.