A twoth-year-old boy fell into an open drain in Mumbai last night. Visuals of the child slipping into the drain has been captured on a CCTV camera.
A search operation to rescue the boy began last night and is still on.
The boy can be seen walking alone on the side of a busy road in the suburb of Goregaon. Unaware of an open drain, the boy walks towards the road. He then turns back and takes a few steps back when he slips into the drain. The drain was hidden behind what appears to a telephone line box. Cars are parked on the road and vehicles can be seen passing by.
Soon after he fell at around 10:24 pm, the Mumbai Fire Brigade began a search operation in Goregaon's Ambedkar Nagar. Along with the fire brigade, police, ambulance and medical personnel are part of the search efforts.
"The incident took place around 10 pm on Wednesday. The boy was strolling outside his
house when he fell into the drain near Goregaon-Malad Link road," an official from the Disaster Management Unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress are demanding action against civic officials. NCP chief spokesman Nawab Malik said the such incidents were taking place due to the negligence of the Mumbai civic body. "A case should be registered against the guilty officials. Plastic manhole covers used by the BMC get washed away and then accidents happen," he said.
"Twelve hours have passed but the civic officials and the fire brigade have not been able to trace the child. Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar was not even aware of the tragic incident," Mumbai Congress vice presiden Ransingh Sapra was quoted as saying by PTI.
(With inputs from agencies)
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