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15-month-old girl dies after falling from 10th floor in Greater Noida

A 15-month-old infant fell to her death from the 10th floor of tower H in AVJ Heights Society, Zeta 1 sector, in Surajpur area of Greater Noida

noida Updated: Aug 18, 2018 04:54 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times, Greater Noida
Greater Noida,Death
Residents of AVJ Heights alleged that balconies of many flats in the society are in a dilapidated state and that there is no security staff present.(HT File Photo)

A 15-month-old infant fell to her death from the 10th floor of tower H in AVJ Heights Society, Zeta 1 sector, in Surajpur area of Greater Noida on Friday evening.

The incident occurred around 4pm, when the girl strolled to the balcony unnoticed by her family who had come to visit her uncle, a resident of the society, for the day.

“The child, along with her parents, had come to AVJ Heights to meet her uncle. Around 4pm, she was playing in the house and went to the balcony unnoticed. She then accidentally slipped through the space between two iron rods of the balcony railing and fell from the 10th floor,” Manish Saxena, station house officer, Surajpur police station, said.

The infant was rushed to Kailash Hospital in Kasna, where doctors declared her dead on arrival.

Her father is an Army officer. The family returned to Indore with the body by an evening flight. “The father of the girl has not pressed any charges as of now. We are yet to receive any complaint; hence, no case has been filed,” Saxena said.

Residents of AVJ Heights alleged that balconies of many flats in the society are in a dilapidated state and that there is no security staff present. As many as 1,200 families live in the society.

“We have complained about the dilapidated state of the flats in our society on numerous occasions; however, no action has been taken. The builder is on the run, and his entire staff left after the Gangster Act was lodged against him. We have now decided to install nets below balconies in each tower to avoid such tragic incidents in the future,” Aashish Parashar, secretary, the society’s apartments owners’ association, said .

However, the police said that the balcony from which the infant fell was not in a dilapidated state.

“We did not find any cracks in the balcony or the railing. In fact, the owner had put up cotton wires between the iron rods to hang clothes. The girl fell through the wires,” Dilip Singh, senior sub-inspector, Surajpur police station, said.

First Published: Aug 18, 2018 04:54 IST