18-month-old boy drowns in bucket of water in E Delhi

| | New Delhi

In a freak accident, a one-and-a-half year old boy died after he accidentally fell into a bucket of water while playing while his mother was sleeping in East Delhi's Ashok Nagar area. According to police, the deceased is Umakant.

Police said that the incident happened on Saturday night in the Dallupura village when Mahendra Yadav, father of the infant, who works as a dairy products supplier had gone to his native place, Varanasi.

A senior police officer said, “On Saturday evening, after the infant's mother, after doing all the household chore, went to sleep with Umakant, he woke up and went to the washroom. As per the primary investigation, we suspect that Umakant woke up and started playing with a glass. He took the glass into the washroom and threw it into the bucket full of water. It seems that to pick up the glass, he must be leaned into the bucket and he accidentally slipped into the bucket.

The bucket was brimming with water, the infant boy was found with his head and face submerged in the water and his feet were found to be dangling in the air,”. As per the statement of the infant's mother, Priyanka, she woke up only when a relative rang the bell.

On not being able to find the child on the bed, she panicked and searched the household. It was later that she along with the relative found Umakant lying inside the bucket,” added the police officer.

Police said that by the time, the boy's family rushed him to the Lal Bahadur Shastri hospital, he was declared brought dead,” said the police officer, adding the incident was reported to them by the hospital authorities.

The family originally belongs to a village in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi. Police said the child's father had gone to his native village for some work.

The local police personnel along with the forensic team went to the home, they found a glass inside the bucket. “Prima facie it appears that the child was playing with the glass. The glass apparently fell into the bucket and the child drowned while attempting to take it out,” the officer said.The toddler's body was handed over to his family members after autopsy on Monday.



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