Pune Police on Friday booked a builder and contractor for a seven-storey residential complex under construction in the Mangadewadi area of Katraj Pune, from where a two-year-old girl died after falling into an underground water tank .
The defendants were identified as contractor Shivaji Pawar and builder Sachin Chor. The police launched a search operation against the accused.
According to Deputy Police Inspector Nitin Jadhav of Bharti Vidyapeeth Police Station, at around 11 a.m. on Friday, the little one was playing outside her house and suddenly fell into the water tank of the building under construction.
“If there had been safety measures, our child’s life could have been saved,” said Sunil Sahani, father of the 2-year-old he is complaining about. Sahani and his wife worked as laborers at the site and lived there.
According to the complainant, he had asked the contractor to ensure safety measures around the underground water tank because the children of most of the workers were playing nearby. Even after that, he neglected and therefore he was responsible for the incident. At least the underground water reservoir should have been covered, Sahani said.
The FIR says the contractor had failed to provide any safety provisions for a six-foot-deep underground water storage tank after repeated requests, and the toddler accidentally fell into it and died.
A case under Section 304 (anyone who causes death of any person by doing a reckless or negligent act not constituting culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at Bharti Vidyapeeth Police Station and further investigation is underway.