Bengaluru: A five-year-old boy, who tried to get a cricket ball from an open drain, died after he accidentally fell into it. The incident was reported at Munekolalu in Varthur police limits on Friday afternoon.
The deceased, Shamir Ulla, was the son of Pintu Ulla. The family hails from West Bengal and lives in a slum near Munekolalu, and his parents are rag pickers.
The incident occurred around 12.45 pm on Friday when Shamir and two other boys were playing next to the drain. As the ball fell into the drain, Shamir tried to get it and while crossing the safety wall, he lost balance and fell into the drain.
As the sewage flow was heavy, he was washed away in the drain for about 100 metres and got stuck in the silt. His friends raised an alarm alerting the passersby, who managed to bring Shamir out and rushed him to a hospital. But he was declared brought dead.
The Varthur police, who were alerted about the incident, rushed to the spot and launched an investigation. “The incident was an accident and there is no negligence on the part of any authorities. Though the drain was fenced with a safety wall, the boy climbed the wall and accidentally fell into the drain. Even his parents were not willing to file any case, but we have taken up an unnatural death case in this regard,” the police said.