20 hours on, no trace of Mumbai toddler who fell down gutter, family inconsolable
"I will commit suicide if by tonight I don't get my child," said Suraj Singh, father of two-year-old Divyansh, who fell in an open gutter on Wednesday night in Goregaon, Mumbai.
Even after over 20 hours, the child is yet to be traced. Several teams of the fire brigade, NDRF and BMC have been working round the clock to look for the child.
As time ticks away family members and rescue officials are fearing the worst.
On Wednesday night, after finishing his dinner, Divyansh was walking near his house when he fell in an open gutter. His mother left the house to search for the child but could not locate him. The locals checked CCTV camera installed near the house. They were shocked to find that the child had fallen in the open gutter.
The father of the child is inconsolable. He said, "BMC is responsible for the incident. Can they bring back my child? I want my child back. If I don't get him back by tonight, I will commit suicide."
The father and mother of the child are completely distraught and devastated after the incident. The mother is unconscious. She sometimes keeps running out of the house searching for her child in the open gutter.
The toddler's uncle Sandeep Singh said, "We want immediate action against BMC officials. They are responsible for this. Several complaints were made about the gutter but no action was taken."
The locals also alleged that rescue operations did not start on time. It was only the next morning that officials started digging up the gutter.
Local corporator Swapnil Tembulkar, a Shiv Sena leader, said, "We are continuously searching for the child. Toughest and strictest action will be taken against the culprits. They won't be spare. I had written for the same to BMC as well."
As more time passed, the family got impatient and kept losing hope. The angry locals and family members blocked the main road. After 30 minutes, police managed to calm down the father and others and managed to open the road.
Over 30 teams of BMC, fire brigade, NDRF are trying to locate the child.
It was raining very heavily on Wednesday when the boy fell down the gutter and force of water in the gutter was very fast.
After three kilometres the gutter ends in a huge open nullah and flows into the the Arabian Sea. The officials fear that boy may have also went into the Arabian Sea due to the force of water. However, everyone is still hoping against hope.
A police officer from the local police station said, once we find the boy, later we will file an FIR and take action against the culprit.