Boy drowns in Worli drain

A nine-year-old boy fell into a drain at Worli and drowned while he was flying a kite on Monday evening.

mumbai Updated: Nov 10, 2010 01:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

A nine-year-old boy fell into a drain at Worli and drowned while he was flying a kite on Monday evening.

About 12 hours later, his body was fished out at the pumping station, about 2km away from the Love Grove drain, where he fell.

According to the Worli police and fire brigade control officers, the boy identified as Tushar Jadhav was a resident of Mariama Nagar slums located at the Dr Annie Besant Road at Worli.

He was flying a kite standing on the drain’s boundary wall when he slipped and fell in the drain.

“The boy’s parents did not know of the incident. Only when they realised that their only son was missing, they started a search but could not find the boy,” said a police officer from the Worli police station.

Later, the locals who had seen him fall informed his parents.

The fire brigade control and the police were pressed into action, who carried an extensive search for more than three hours but could not find the boy.

“We have to abandon the search as it was growing dark. We resumed the search on Tuesday morning but had no luck,” said a fire brigade control officer.

At 12.55pm on Tuesday, some workers who cleaning the pumping station near Atria Mall found the boy’s body stuck at the opening of the pipeline.

“The workers informed the fire brigade control who fished out the boy’s body and sent it to Nair Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival,” said the fire brigade control officer.

The Worli police have registered a case of accidental death, “We have sent the boy’s body for post mortem. We are investigating the case,” said assistant police inspector S Sawant.

The municipal corporation officials said the drain is supposed to be maintained by the storm water drains department.

They also added that it is difficult to monitor the open drains in a slum area as most of the time the cover of the drains are stolen.

The Love Grove drain has a network from Crawford Market to Worli. It has a catchment area of 1,300 hectares and the estimated length of 8 km.

First Published: Nov 10, 2010 01:45 IST