A two-year-old girl died in a freak accident at Chembaramabakkam lake here on Sunday. The entire family — Taji Nisha (2), elder brother Ashraf, mother Mumtaj and father Rizwan — were at the lake when the incident occurred.
According to police, Rizwan took Nisha and Ashraf for a dip in the lake around 6.30 pm. After dusk, they started returning to the bank of the lake when Rizwan tripped and inadvertently released his grip on Nita’s arm.
By the time he recovered, Nisha had started drowning. He pulled her out and rushed her to the banks, by which time she had passed out.
Rizwan called the ‘108’ ambulance service, which took her to a nearby hospital, where the doctors referred Nisha to the Chromepet Government Hospital. At the GH, doctors declared her brought dead.
Meanwhile, Rizwan took the body home without informing the doctors, in order to avoid autopsy. After police learnt about it, they rushed to Rowan’s Nandambakkam residence and advised the family to take the child’s body for post-mortem, saying it was mandatory.
The autopsy was done at the Chromepet GH and the body handed over to Rizwan, who performed the last rites at Nandambakkam.
Kundrathur Police registered a case of suspicious death under section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).