Four days after the death of an 18-month old toddler who was washed away after he fell into an open storm drain in Bangalore, the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) has registered a suo motu case against the city civic corporation.

The KSHRC, which registered the case last week, has asked the Bangalore Bruhut Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to scale up the compensation amount from Rs. one lakh to five lakh to the family, KSHRC sources said here on Sunday.

KSHRC chairman S. R. Nayak has also demanded a detailed report from BBMP on the precautionary measures being taken, like remodelling of walls and fencing the drains.

The child, Vijay, was washed away when he fell into the drain while playing on September 16. All efforts to trace his body despite a massive search proved futile.

On May 31, a six-year-old boy met with the same fate when he fell into an open drain while walking with his mother.

The state government has directed BBMP officials to survey and identify encroached layouts and constructions alongside drains in the civic limits and to take up de-silting work in the lakes to avoid flooding during rains.


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