Jamshedpur : A 9-year-old child was buried alive in sleep while two of his siblings sustained minor injuries as wall of a mud-house they were sleeping in collapsed at suburban Bagbera locality of the city in midnight.
Several low-lying areas in the city were inundated in the rain water, causing immense problems to the residents till this morning.
The tragic incident took place at the house of Ganesh Purty in Idel Jhopri, a tribal-dominated slum, under Harharguttu panchayat in Bagbera at about 4 am.
The wall-collapse victim, Sahil Purty was sleeping along with his seven-year-old brother, Sunil and five-year-old sister Rani in the mud house. Ganesh Purty and wife Shushila were also in deep slumber at the same room.
Sahil was sleeping close to the wall as the incessant rain was continuing. Suddenly, Ganesh and his wife to woke up.
They found the left side of the wall of the house lying collapsed and there was no sign of Sahil.
Soon the anxious couple rescued Sunil and Rani who were partially injured in incident, and subsequently started removing the bricks and mud that had buried their eldest son.
Despite it was raining heavily, Ganesh came out of his one-room house and screamed for help, leading the neighbours to rush to the spot. But he was already dead.
As the news of the child’s death spread in this tribal-dominated slum, Bagbera Panchayat member Kishore Yadav arrived at the spot and informed the local administration.
Later in the morning, a police party led by officer-in-charge, Bagbera thana, JK Thakur reached the spot. Soon Circle Officer, Jamshedpur block, Maheswar Mahto visited the spot for inspection. Subsequently, the body was removed to the MGM Medical College mortuary for post-mortem.
Officer-in-charge, Bagbera, Thakur said that the child was killed due to the wall collapse caused by heavy rain throughout the night.
Sahil was a student of class III in a government primary school at Bagbera. His younger brother too read in the same school in class one.
Considering the poor financial condition, the BJP leader Rajkumar Singh, officer-in-charge, Bagbera and the CO, Jamshedpur collected Rs 15,000 which they gave to the bereaved family for completing the last rites of the child.
Due to the torrential rain, portions of the boundary walls of Karim Talkies and People’s Acadey College both in Sakchi and Baradwari respectively also collapsed.
The rain water had entered into the household of several localities situated in low-lying areas in the city.