Two-year-old boy drowns in overflowing drain in Ghaziabad
In the third such incident in barely one-and-half months, a two-year-old child drowned in an overflowing drain near his house on Sunday night after he accidentally fell into it. The incident took place in Bagu Colony near NH-24 in Ghaziabad.
Earlier, on March 11, four-year-old Rahil drowned in a non-cemented and unfenced drain near Gulzar Colony in Ghaziabad. Two days later, on March 13, four-year-old Ayaan died after falling into same drain in Gulzar colony. The corporation has started the construction of a wall around this drain to prevent such incidents. The family of one of the victims had also filed an FIR against the officials of the municipal corporation, including Ghaziabad mayor Asha Sharma.
Exactly a year before that, on March 15, 2017, an open and overflowing drain, near RED mall in Ghaziabad, claimed the life of four-year-old Uzair who was playing near the drain with his older brother. A fortnight before this incident, a 3-year-old girl fell into an open drain in Sudama Puri, Vijay Nagar, and died in a similar manner. The girl, too, had gone missing from outside her house and walked into an open drain.
The latest incident, on Monday, came to light around 8pm after Shivam, the only son of Ompal Singh, went missing and could not be traced. The family searched for him for a couple of hours before their attention was drawn to the overflowing drain adjacent to their house.
“I could see a part of my son’s body floating and pulled him out. I rushed him to every possible hospital in the area but they did not admit him as he was already dead. The drain is nearly six to seven-foot deep and is overflowing most of the time,” Ompal, a daily wager, said.
“He must have walked into the drain while his mother was preparing food. He was our only son. We also have two daughters,” he said.
The family is from Sambhal in UP and had been staying in the locality for the past five years. Ompal said he migrated to Ghaziabad and started working as a daily wager in the city.
“The corporation has installed motor pumps to draw out water from the drain, which was diverted due to the ongoing construction on NH-24. Sometimes, the motor goes out of order and sewage spills over. I have given strict instructions to check overflowing of drains and also to set the pump in order,” CP Singh, municipal commissioner, said.
Naresh Kumar Singh, station house office, Vijay Nagar, said the family has not filed any formal complaint so far. “They have only given us information in writing that such an incident has happened and that a postmortem examination of the body should be done. As per the request, we got the postmortem examination conducted,” he said.
On April 20, seven persons travelling in a hired SUV were killed in Behrampur area of Vijay Nagar after their vehicle skidded and fell nearly 20 feet into a drain.