Two minors die after falling into water-filled pit in Gagal Lolab

By: Jahangir Lolabi

Srinagar: Two minors died after falling into a water-filled pit in Chakdar Mohalla Gagal in Lolab in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Tuesday afternoon.

Reports said that two children Mustafa Ahmad Bhadana, son of Mohammad Qasim and Sumaiya Akhter, daughter of Abdul Kareem – both aged 6 – fell into a deep pit dug by a local contractor – to store water.

The minor duo was evacuated and rushed to Sub-district Hospital Kupwara where both of them were reportedly declared as brought dead on arrival.

The families of victims however alleged the doctors at SDH Kupwara of negligence and raised slogans against district administration and medical authorities. The families claimed that both the children were ‘alive when brought to the health facility’.

“Both of them were still breathing when we brought them to the hospital”, the family members said, adding there was a single doctor available at the hospital who just kept on shrugging the children for half an hour. “That is all he did”, they said.

The medical authorities however contested the claims, saying both the children were brought dead at the hospital.

A police official confirming the incident said that investigations have been initiated into the matter.

Meanwhile when contacted Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Imam-ud-Din said that an enquiry has been ordered into the matter. “SDM Lolab has been made enquiry officer to reveal the facts into the incident”, he said adding once the probe is over it will be made public accordingly. (GNS)

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