Not paying heed to rules and warnings often leads to mishap, and yesterday afternoon was no different. A 10-year-old boy from Shivaji Nagar, who was playing with friends at Deonar dumping ground, was severely injured in an accident involving two dumper trucks. In spite of entry into the area being prohibited to all but the workers, the boy and his friends had ventured in, ignoring a warning from his own father.
At around noon, Shahrukh Sheikh, who was playing with his friends, went to the middle of the road, unaware of the two garbage dumpers that were approaching him from either end. As one of the dumpers was driving on the wrong side of the road, the two collided, with Shahrukh caught in between.
“The two vehicles were coming from opposite directions, and Shahrukh was playing with his school friends. He was so engrossed in the game that he failed to notice the dumpers plying on the road. We had warned him not to play in that area, but he did not listen to us,” said Ayub Sheikh, his father.
After the mishap, his friends alerted his family members, who immediately took him to Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General (LTMG) Hospital, where he was admitted to the emergency ward at 2:15 pm.
“He is suffering from blunt chest trauma and abdominal injuries. His blood pressure is very low. He is in a state of consciousness, but will be kept under observation tonight,” said Dr Rakesh Verma, assistant dean, LTMG hospital.
No complaint has been registered yet with the police. Ravikant Kadam, assistant sub-inspector of Shivaji Nagar police station, said, “One of the dumpers (MH01L5622) was driving on the wrong side of the lane. If a complaint is registered, the driver could be arrested under Sections 338 and 279 of the Indian Penal Code, but the family is reluctant to do so, as the victim had entered a prohibited area.”