Six-year-old boy drowns in under-construction drainage pit

RAUTAHAT: A minor has drowned at an uncovered ditch dug to construct a drainage culvert in Bhalohiya village of Durga Bhagwati Rural Municipality-2, today.

The six-year-old son of Ashok Mahato whose name was not disclosed drowned while he was out playing nearby a waterlogged culvert ditch left uncovered by the construction company.

Local Ram Kishor Mahato blamed the construction contractor for leaving the ditch open and killing the minor.

Following the boy’s death, locals of the village are agitated as the company left the pit uncovered defying orders of an inspection team from Road Division Office.

The deceased’s body has been handed over to his kin for final rites, police informed.