Civic Negligence: Toddler Falls In Open Manhole In Mumbai's Goregaon, Search Operation Ongoing For 15 Hours

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A eighteen months old toddler fell in a manhole in Mumbai's Goregaon on Wednesday night

Written By Navashree Nandini | Mumbai | Updated On:

An eighteen months old toddler fell in a manhole in Mumbai's Goregaon on Wednesday night. The residents claim that they have been requesting the BMC to cover the manhole for three years but no step was taken. Even after 15 hours of search operations, the child was not found. The toddler named Divyansh Singh, fell into a manhole at around 10 pm in Ambedkar Nagar. The incident was captured on the CCTV.

The footage shared by news agency ANI shows the toddler can be seen moving around the manhole when he falls into it. A few minutes later an elderly woman is also seen moving around the manhole, seeming to find the toddler who by then had already fallen in the manhole. 

Here is the video:

Reaching the spot on Thursday morning, Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar said: "Yesterday night this incident happened. The recovery works are on. Shiv Sena, BJP leaders are taking stock of the situation. Action will be taken against the minister. The incident is saddening, we met the family of the child - Divyanshu Singh. He fell in a manhole, we are looking for him. Local corporators, its no about party, all party leaders are here."

Meanwhile, toddler's fathers blamed the administration for the negligence. Speaking to media, he also said that he was protesting with a few of his friends on the road near the manhole, after which he said that he was taken into police custody. He demanded fast court proceedings in the matter. 

"I was demanding my right, sitting on the road. Some of my friends were giving me support. But, everyone was forcibly taken to the van. It was my mistake, that I lost my son. That is why I was taken into custody. I want fast proceedings," said the father of the toddler speaking to media. 

(this is a developing story, details awaited)

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