Hyderabad: Residents in PBEL City were shocked by the death of six-year-old Monish and walked out of their homes to protest about the maintenance in the gated community that led to the tragic death of the child.
Women in large numbers walked out of their homes along with senior citizens and wanted to know how a wire had been left unattended in the play area.
One of them, W. Parathasarthi, said residents were very upset. “There are 200 flats in each building and there are eight blocks which have been completed. During the time of the incident there were elderly citizens walking, women with their children in the park area. It could have happened to anyone.”
The residents gathered around the lamp-post where the incident occurred and showed the manner in which the wires were connected. The maintenance team was called in and the wiring removed before there were further casualties.
Usha Kumar, another resident, said the whole thing has been shocking. “This is a gated community and we expect standards to be maintained. This is sheer negligence on their part.”
A police official from the Narsingi station said, “Usually, if a person suffers an electric shock, the power will throw the person away. In the case of Monish, he was not wearing footwear, which could have been the reason he suffered electrocution.”
The body of the boy has been taken to Tiruvallur village in Tamil Nadu for cremation. The family has been living in the building for a year. Father Diwakar works in the software industry and mother Kalpana was at home looking after the four-year-old younger sibling.
Bala Subramani, a relative in Tamil Nadu, said the incident has shocked the family “and we are not able to come to terms with it. He would go down to play with his friends every evening and it was a normal routine of the child. No one thought that such a thing can happen in a gated community where safety aspects are taken care of.”
A case of suspicious death has also been registered at the Manvalanagar police station in Tamil Nadu. The case will be shifted to Narsingi police station for further investigation....