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Man Dies After Falling Into Open Drain in Delhi, Kin Blames PWD

A PWD official on condition of anonymity said that some drains were left open for cleaning.

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A 54-year-old businessman died after falling into an open drain while returning from his evening walk in east Delhi's Mayur Vihar area on Monday.

The victim, Anil Kumar Gupta, was rescued from the manhole by passers-by after hearing his cries of help, police said.

He was taken to a nearby hospital but they refused to admit him. The victim was then rushed to another medical centre where he was declared brought dead. His body has been sent for postmortem.

According to locals, water-logging around the park had made the area slippery.

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The victim’s family members, however, accused the Public Works Department (PWD) of negligence.

A PWD official on condition of anonymity said the drains are covered with concrete slabs, but some spaces are left open for cleaning.

He said the slabs were often broken and the iron rods removed and sold by drug addicts.

“We have given complaints to the police in this regard several times,” the official said.

Reacting on the incident, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari accused the PWD and Delhi Jal Board of negligence and urged Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to provide appropriate compensation to the affected family.

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