Kin of boy who drowned in river stages protest

The family demanded compensation and only after the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) promised them an amount that they agreed to move.

jaipur Updated: Feb 06, 2018 21:31 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
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Family and locals block road and protest with the body of the boy who drowned in a water body in Jaipur on Monday.(HT PHOTO)

A day after an 11-year-old boy drowned in Dravyavati river in Shastri Nagar area, his family staged a sit-in-protest at Sikar road near Ambabari red light with the body, obstructing traffic movement for over two hours.

The family demanded compensation and only after the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) promised them an amount that they agreed to move, said Jhotwara station house officer (SHO) Gur Bhupendra Singh. Over 100 people, including 20-30 women, sat on the road with the boy’s body, he added.

Ravi Soni had fell into the Dravyavati river in Kishanbagh area on Monday afternoon while following a kite. Two other friends of him raised an alarm, after which rescue attempts were made by locals that went in vain. The civil defence team was also deployed and after an hour’s effort, the body was recovered from the river.

The SHO said that the kin had refused to allow post mortem, but agreed after a settlement was reached with JDA officials. The boy’s father sells eatables on a cart and has three other children.

First Published: Feb 06, 2018 21:31 IST