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The boy was washed away in a drain

The incident occurred on May 31

The boy’s body is yet to be traced

Bangalore: Suspecting foul play in the Abhishek case, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Thursday said he would order a comprehensive inquiry into it “to bring out the truth.”

Six-year-old Abhishek was washed away in a drain at Lingarajapuram here on May 31. The body is yet to be traced.

The issue was raised by Janata Dal (S) member Abdul Azeem during Question Hour.

In his reply, Mr. Yeddyurappa said the entire episode had become suspicious, as even the Army (a team of MEG and Centre) could not trace the body.

He maintained that if the boy had drowned, there was no possibility of the body getting carried beyond a certain point. “The body should have been found in one of the areas which were searched by the Bruhat Banagalore Mahangara Palike or the MEG and Centre.”

The Chief Minister made it clear that he was not suspecting the boy’s parents. Defending former BBMP Commissioner S. Subramanya, who was transferred after the incident, the Chief Minister asked: “why should honest officials get the blame? Let the inquiry throw more light in this regard.” He noted that the Government had decided to fence road-side storm water drains. Of the 115-km stretch of road-side drains, 45 km had already been fenced.

He expressed confidence that rain-related civic problems would not recur by the commencement of next monsoon as implementation of all such precautionary measures would be completed by then. Round-the-clock control rooms had been set up in all the eight zones of the BBMP to attend to rain-related complaints.

Referring to the stray dog menace, he said 2.63 lakh dogs had been sterilised from November 2000 to June 2009.

During the same period, 4.39 lakh stray dogs had been given anti-rabies vaccine, while 50,423 stray dogs had been put to permanent sleep.

Janata Dal (S) leader M.C. Nanaiah stressed the need for clearing doubts among the people on the Abhishek incident through such an inquiry.

He said that the boy’s parents should be sent to jail if it was found that the Abhishek was alive and that he had not slipped into drain.

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