Child death: Residents protest management’s negligence

Dixit Sharma

Following the death of Divit Sharma, the six-year-old boy who was crushed beneath a concrete bench, mild tension prevailed in Janapriya Utopia, as angry residents staged protest against the management and association. They alleged negligence on part of the association and the maintenance staff which resulted in the death of the child.

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A group of women from the gated community gathered at the accident spot and broke the other damaged concrete benches in the sitting area.

Child death leads to blame game

The residents alleged that though there are four different associations, they lack co-ordination and always get into blame game against each other. “They neither have a set of policies nor follow proper rules and regulations,” said a resident.

It is said that the maintenance staff has been taking up the maintenance and renovation work of all such structures in the premises one after the other.

Meanwhile, the Rajendranagar police who are investigating the case said they have written to the GHMC on the incident. Based on further evidence, the case may be altered to negligence causing death and probed, officials said.

According to residents, a monthly maintenance of Rs 1,200 is paid to the management for taking care of the amenities in the gated community which has about 2,000 families staying in.

It was about four years ago after requests from the elderly residents, the then association had taken initiative to construct the concrete benches. “The elderly who go out on walks in the premises wanted a sitting area for them to take a break and relax in between their walk. These benches were set up with money from donations and funds,” a resident said. The gated community has three other playgrounds including a basketball court for the children to play. But children seldom go out to play in those play areas, some residents said.

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