A seven-year-old boy waiting for the bus to go to school died when the gate of a marriage hall, which was being renovated, fell on him in Mohan Kumar Nagar near Mathikere on Tuesday.

R. Perumal, son of Raju and Shivai, was waiting for the bus along with his sister Nandini to go to Bapubalika School on Triveni Road in Yeshwantpur.

The siblings were playing with a ball when it rolled inside the Venkateshwara Marriage Hall compound.

Perumal, while trying to reach it, crawled under the gate which was just placed against the compound wall. Unaware of this, the Class 3 student held on to the iron frame for support.

It came crashing in his head and he died on the spot. Nandini, who was just behind her brother, had a close call, Yeshwantpur police said.

The marriage hall is being renovated and the gate was yet to be fixed.

Police said a case of negligence has been booked against the wedding hall owner and the manager. Perumal’s mother works is a domestic help in Pampanagar here while his father is a school van driver in their native Vellore in Tamil Nadu.

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