MP Rajnath Singh visits family of child who died after falling into open drain
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A day after a 4-year-old Ganesh Kumar died after falling into an open drain outside his school in Ghaziabad's Vasundhra area, the BJP MP Rajnath Singh visited the family of the boy and offered them his condolences.
He blamed the school and the civic agencies for the incident.
Singh promised the family that all help would be provided to them and that he would push for the punishment of those responsible for leaving the drain open.
It was Ganesh Kumar's third day in school, and authorities said he went missing around 10 am on Thursday. An FIR has been registered against Holy Mother Public School by the father of the child.
The school has classes from nursery to Class VIII and is run out of a two-room house in Sector-16, Vasundhra. Ganesh was enrolled in nursery in the school.
Singh, who was in the area for about an hour in the morning, said: "I have met the family and assured them all support will be given to them. It is clear that the fault lies with the school — for letting the child out of their sight — as well as the civic authorities for leaving the drain open. There is no excuse for the drain being left open despite several instances of such incidents taking place in the past."
Police said no arrest has been made so far as the owners of the school were absconding.
"A case under section 304-A (causing death by negligence) was registered against the school on Thursday. However, no arrests have been made so far as the owners of the school are on the run. We have found out that the school was being run illegally and did not necessary clearances. We are also looking into allegations of negligence on the part of the Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam. Further investigations are on and we are hopeful of making arrests in the case soon," a police officer said.
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