Pune: 7-year-old boy dies after falling into pit dug up to store water | Pune News

PUNE: A seven-year-old boy died after falling into a 5-foot pit dug up for storing water on the premises of a bungalow in Wagholi around 4.30pm on Monday, following which the Lonikand police booked four people, including a building contractor, for causing death due to negligence on Wednesday.
The Sassoon General Hospital in its advance post-mortem report has certified that victim Kumar Swaraj died due to drowning.
The Lonikand police said the four persons, including three landowners too, have been booked under sections 304 (a) (causing death due to negligence) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
Senior inspector Gajanan Pawar on Thursday said, “The boy, a student of upper KG of a local school, was riding on a bicycle in Kamal Baugh housing society when he fell into the 5ft pit and drowned. A society resident pulled the victim out and rushed him to a nearby private hospital, where the doctors proclaimed him dead on admission.”
Pawar said, “Preliminary inquiry conducted by the police revealed that the three landowners, including a woman, and the building contractor had failed to put in place safety measures like a compound wall or fence around the pit to prevent accidents at the site.”
He said, “We will issue notices to the suspects asking them to join the police probe.”
The society’s chairman, Sachin Kale, who is the uncle of the victim, told TOI, “An inspection of the pit revealed that it was very deep and its water had spilled on to the road. The boy, while cycling, did not anticipate the pit ahead and fell into it. A boy residing in a neighbourbood flat filmed the incident and sent the video to me.”
“I saw a boy drowning in the video. It was only later that I realized that the boy in the video was my nephew. Me and my brother then rushed to the pit. My brother jumped into the pit and brought the boy out. We rushed him to the hospital, but he did not survive,” he added.

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