A nine-year-old physically challenged boy, who was missing for the past four days, was found dead in a water sump at his neighbour’s house in Chikkajala on Wednesday evening.
The deceased, Nagesh, was the son of Lakshmi and Manjunth, residents of Palanahalli near Bagalur.
Police said the incident came to light around 4 pm when a woman from the neighbourhood went to fetch water from the sump, which was kept open. She informed some locals, who, in turn, informed the police.
Police said the house was vacant as the owner stays in Chennai. Nagesh was missing since Sunday and a missing complaint was registered with the police.
The sump was covered with a plastic sheet and Nagesh went to pluck guavas from a tree. He stood on the sheet and tried to pluck the fruit, but fell into the sump and drowned, police said.
The Chikkajala police have registered a case against the house owner.
■ April 26: Suvarna (8) and her brother Balaji (7), who had gone to play, drowned in a water sump at Ramanjaneya Hollow Blocks Factory in Kottanur near Yelahanka.
■ March 22: Bharath (7) and Gagan (6), who were cousins, drowned in a sump at an under-construction building in New Binny Layout, Jagjivanram Nagar, when they were playing.
■ March 6: Two-and-half-year-old Goutam died after he accidentally fell into a sump at an under-construction site in Chikka Banaswadi.