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14-year-old boy dies after falling into uncovered lift shaft in Navi Mumbai

Chetan Khatare, fell into shaft that had been developed to install a lift, but no lift had been installed

mumbai Updated: Jun 09, 2018 18:18 IST
Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan
Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,Navi Mumbai,Digha
After Khatare’s death, the police are probing whether the builder or the residents of the Digha building are at fault in this case.(REPRESENTATIONAL PHOTO/HT FILE)

A 14-year-old boy died after he fell into an empty lift shaft at his apartment building in Digha on Friday. The shaft had been developed to install a lift, but no elevator had been installed. The police have registered a case of causing death by negligence.

According to the police, Chetan Khatare, a student of Class 8, stayed with his family on the third floor of Omkareswar Plaza . Around 1pm, he was playing with his elder sister in front of their flat.

“While playing, at one point Khatare went towards the shaft, which had no cover. He somehow lost his balance and fell into it. He suffered severe injuries at different vital parts of his body when he was found on the ground floor,” said Mamta D’souza, senior police inspector of Rabale MIDC police station.

Khatare’s family and the neighbours rushed him to a nearby hospital, but he was declared dead there.

D’souza said, “The shaft was built for installing a lift while developing the building a few years ago. While no lift was installed in it, they did not even cover the openings with net or grill on each floor.”

The police have registered a case under section 304a (causing death by negligence). However, they have not made any arrest so far.

“This is a case of pure negligence. Had the opening of the shaft on that floor been covered, the boy would not have fallen into it,” she said.

“We are investigating to find out whether the builder or the residents of the building are at fault in this case. We will take legal action against whoever is found responsible for the death of the boy,” D’souza said.

Khatare’s body was handed over to his family after post-mortem was conducted at Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) hospital in Vashi. The post-mortem report is still awaited.

First Published: Jun 09, 2018 18:18 IST