BENGALURU: A seven-year-old boy missing since Sunday was found dead in a pit at an under-construction building complex at Nagwara on Tuesday.
The boy, Narasimhamurthy, was studying in the first standard in a private school in Thanisandra. His father, Muniraju, is an employee of Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB).
According to police, Narasimhamurthy, along with his classmates Kiran and Darshan, went out to play on Sunday afternoon at a park near Manyata Tech Park. Around 2.30 pm, the friends returned home and broke the news of Narasimhamurthy’s disappearance to his mother Manjula. They told her that they were all playing together, but that after some time they discovered that he was missing.
Narasimhamurthy’s uncle Narayanaswamy went in search of the boy and in the evening filed a missing complaint with the Sampigehalli police.
The police launched a search operation around the area on Monday but were not successful. A family member said the police then decided to check the CCTV footage. He alleged that the security guards deployed at the site ignored Narasimhamurthy’s friends’ complaint about the boy’s disappearance.
Friends help police
Early Tuesday morning, the police, along with Kiran and Darshan, went to the spot. After a one-and-half-hour-search operation, the police found the body of Narasimhamurthy floating in the 30-foot pit which was filled with water. The pit is located at the site where Mantri Developers is building a residential complex. Vikas Kumar, DCP (North-East), told Express that a case has been registered against Mantri Developers in Sampigehalli police station for leaving the pit without fencing or covering it. “Narasimhamurthy might have accidentally fallen into the pit and drowned,” the officer said.
The police sent the body to Ambedakar hospital, where the postmortem was conducted.
On Sunday, the boy’s father Muniraju who was undergoing treatment in a hospital was not told about his son’s disappearance fearing it would be a setback to his health. He was discharged from hospital on Tuesday to perform his son’s last rites. The news was broken to him at the graveyard. He collapsed on seeing his son’s body.