Mumbai: Pit dug up for loo in Nehru Nagar claims 6-year-old

Locals claim the pit was left uncovered; a public toilet was to come up at the site

Shaikh slipped and fell into the pit while playing near it. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi
Shaikh slipped and fell into the pit while playing near it. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC’s) negligence has once again come to the fore with an incident in Nehru Nagar, which claimed the life of a six-year-old boy. The child died after falling into a pit that was dug up by the civic body for constructing a public toilet. Locals allege that the pit has been left open for the past two months and BMC never bothered about it after giving the contract to a local contractor.

A relative shows his picture in his phone
A relative shows his picture in his phone

Body found floating
According to police, around 11.30 am on Thursday, the victim Mohammad Shaikh was playing near the pit when he slipped into it. When passersby spotted his body floating in the water, they alerted his parents, who then informed the cops.

Speaking to mid-day, corporator of L ward, Sanjana Mungelkar said, “The incident is shocking. We have asked the police to prosecute the person responsible for it. Though the spot where the toilet is being constructed has fencing, no security guard has been deployed. Work is going on for the past two months.” Deputy commissioner of police (zone VI), Shahaji Umap said, “We are talking to the family of the deceased. An FIR under section 304 (A) of IPC has been registered.”

Past incidents
>> In February this year, a 35-year-old woman died after falling into an open pit in Thane, while she was walking home. The firemen and police, who were informed about the incident, reached the spot and pulled her out. She was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead.

>> Last month a four-year-old girl died after she fell into a septic tank of a public toilet at Pimpri Pada in Kurar, Malad (east). After the girl’s mother took her to the toilet, she started playing and eventually reached the tank and fell into it. Later, her mother found her body floating in the tank. Police said that the municipal corporation officials were cleaning the tank and hence it was kept open.

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