BSES leaves pit uncovered, 9-year-old injured after fall
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A nine-year-old boy suffered a head injury on Friday after he fell into a pit dug by the BSES in AGCR Enclave, Preet Vihar.
The boy, Shubranshu Gupta, took seven stitches on his forehead and sustained bruises on both legs.
A Class IV student of Amity International School, Noida, Shubranshu returned home from school at 3 pm on Friday.
"It was raining heavily and the water that had collected was going to enter our car parked outside. Some bricks were clogging the drain, so I went to remove them around 4.30 pm," said Shubranshu. "There was water-logging in the area and I couldn't see the pit and fell in. My head hit the road and began bleeding."
His parents were in their offices, while his grandparents were home. "I heard his cries for help and rushed outside. I was shocked to see him in the pit, blood all over him. We took him to Garg Nursing Home where he was treated. It could have been much worse," said Kusum Gupta, Shubranshu's grandmother.
Preet Vihar councillor Gurcharan Singh said, "Shubranshu's mother had complained in the morning, after which I called up the BSES office. They promised to cover the pits, but the family did not allow them to."
An FIR was filed by Shubranshu's grandfather, K R Gupta, in the Anand Vihar police station on Saturday. "We wanted police to see the open pit. So we didn't allow labourers to fill it up. There are many such pits on this road."
"We received the complaint from the family on Saturday afternoon. We have registered a case of causing hurt by an act endangering life or personal safety against the BSES contractor. No arrest has been made so far," a senior police officer said.
A BSES official said, "It is an unfortunate incident. The BYPL had given the project for cabling work to a private contractor. This cabling was specific to the PWD foot overbridge near the Karkardooma Court. The contractor had filled up the pits with mud but it had not been compacted. Due to heavy rain, the soil caved in and that is why the boy fell in."
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