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Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019

Noida: 6-year-old boy’s body fished out after father threw him in drain

After jumping into the drain, the father had a change of heart and swam ashore with his two-year-old daughter, but the son was swept away.

noida Updated: Sep 27, 2017 12:11 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times
(HT Photo)

Police recovered the body of a six-year-old boy on Tuesday , almost 30 hours after his father attempted suicide with his two kids by jumping into a drain in Noida. After jumping into the drain, the father had a change of heart and swam ashore with his two-year-old daughter, but the son had been swept away.

Police recovered the body of six-year-old Mayank in the Shahdara drain between Noida’s Sector 15 and 15A. The accused, Dharmendra Kashyap, had allegedly thrown his two kids, before diving into the drain himself on Sunday evening. Police arrested Kashyap after his wife Priya (25) lodged a complaint against him.

According to locals who stay in nearby shanties, some children had spotted Mayank’s body floating in the drain.

“Divers helped in recovering Mayank’s body which was found in a decomposed state. We identified the body based on his clothes and information from the family,” said Anil Sahi, station house officer, Sector 20 police station.

“We lodged a case against Kashyap under IPC Section 309 and 304 for attempted suicide and death due to negligence. We have arrested him and are questioning him,” added Shai.

Kashyap had jumped into the drain at 8 pm on Sunday with his two kids — Mayank (6) and Eshu (2) — in a bid to commit suicide. He had allegedly thrown Mayank in the drain first and then jumped in with his daughter. According to police, moments after jumping, he had change of heart when Eshu tried to cling on to him to save herself. Kashyap then swam out with his daughter, but by then Mayank had been swept away.

According to the statement by his wife, he had been unemployed for the past two years and was under pressure from his family to find a source of income.

After the report, police said that they had sought help from the department of irrigation and flood control to trace the body on Monday. “It was finally the locals who spotted the floating body on Tuesday morning,” added Sahi.

“We got a call at around 7 am on Tuesday by a local youth who said the body was seen floating on the drain by some children,” said Beena Devi, Kashyap’s mother.

Mayank’s body was cremated by his family at 6 pm on Tuesday.

First Published: Sep 27, 2017 12:11 IST