Even as search operation continue for the 18-month-old boy Divyansh Singh who fell into a stormwater drain in Mumbai, his livid father Suraj has given an ultimatum to the BMC to find his child by Friday 12 noon. He has alleged that there was a delay in the search operation and the manpower alloted to it was fewer than what should have been. He has also said that the workers in the operation do not have the right equipment to conduct the search and rescue mission for his.
"What search operation can take place within two hours. The NDRF team came after 24 hours along with 4-6 BMC workers and worked for two hours, what search operation do you think this is? They are not looking for my child. They are just enjoying. The fire brigade here doesn't have torches, boots.
"I want my child back by 12 pm today. I could not meet the Mayor. When he came here, I was taken to the police. I think it was a conspiracy to stop me from meeting the Mayor. My demand is that I want my child by 12 pm. It has been 36 hours since he fell. It was the fault of the administration and they must bring him back. The workers have lathis, they don't have drones, cameras or any equipment. There were not enough people to conduct the rescue operation yesterday. There is negligence by the administration," he said.
The toddler fell in a manhole in Malad-Goregaon link road in Mumbai. The residents claim that they have been requesting the BMC to cover the manhole for three years but no step was taken. 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.