Manhole turns deathtrap for 5year-old Mustafa at Kalapathar

Hyderabad: A five-year-old boy lost his life after falling into an open manhole on Wednesday.

According to Deccan Chronicle, the tragic incident took place in Kalapathar police station limits.

At around 12.30pm, the victim, Mustafa along with his elder brother Md Saraaj (7) was returning from Madrasa. He fell into an open manhole after trying to extract a slipper that had fallen in.

“He then tried to get into the hole to pull out his slipper but accidentally fell in and drowned. Saraaj raised an alarm and residents rushed to the spot. But there was nothing much they could do,” said Mr P. Sandeep Kumar, sub inspector of Kalapathar police station said.

He was swept away by the flowing water and was pulled a few meters away from another manhole. He was rushed to a private hospital but was declared brought dead.

Mustafa was a younger son of  Md Shareef, a trader, a resident of Dasharath Nagar in Kalapathar.

There are several open manholes in city which are posing a serious threat to the lives of the people.

In case of Mustafa, the manhole had been left open for the past 2 months with no barricades or sign, according to residents.