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No criminal case yet in City Gold mishap Monday, October 22, 2001
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: While the Bhatt family battles with the grief of losing their baby, the City Gold cine-multiplex authorities have admitted in a public clarification on Sunday that the lid of the underground sump was "not properly closed by the maintenance staff".
Cine-multiplex director Chiman Agrawal stated in a published advertisement given to certain newspapers that the "version published in the papers about the accident (on Friday) was far from truth".
The reference is to the death of 13-month-old Agastya Bhatt who died after falling into the 10-foot-deep water sump on the multiplex premises. Apparently, the mother of the boy, Viraj, too had slipped into the tank, but was rescued by a passer-by even as her son slipped out of her hands.
The Navrangpura police have not gone beyond making an entry in the station diary about the case. "A case can be registered only after preliminary inquiries," a police official told TNN on Sunday.
Chiman Agrawal also admitted that Viraj to was hurt in the process of saving herself and her son. Viraj is learnt to have suffered bruises on her arms and back.
When contacted, Agastya's grandfather Niranjan Bhatt told TNN, that "Agrawal came to see us and tendered an apology in writing on Saturday". According to him, the family was in a state of deep shock since "Agastya was born after a difficult pregnancy. At present, we are not even thinking about complaining to the police, since it would add to the trauma of my daughter-in-law".
The family used to take Agastya out in the evening, City Gold multiplex and was scheduled for Friday. Viraj set out for the complex with her son and the 'ayah' to show him the coloured fountains. "While holding Agastya, Viraj walked up in the normal course. Her foot fell on the tank and the lid gave way, plunging both of them into the water," Bhatt said.
Viraj, who could swim, managed to rise to the surface while her son just slipped out of her arms, said the grandfather. In the darkness, she could not see anything, and by the time the fire brigade arrived it was already 20 minutes.
News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]