Staff Reporter

Expresses dissatisfaction over report submitted by SHO

‘Suspicion hung over the cause of death as the bodies were found floating after a few days’

MCD ready to pay compensation to the parents of the victims, says counsel

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday transferred investigations into the death of two minors due to drowning in a pit at a park in E Block of Shakurpur on December 1 to the Crime Branch of the Delhi police.

A Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice A.P. Shah and Justice S. Muralidhar passed the directive after perusing an investigation report submitted by the Saraswati Vihar SHO and expressing dissatisfaction over it.

Earlier the local body in its inquiry report informed the Court that suspicion hung over the cause of death of the two minors as the bodies were found floating in the pit a few days after the incident.

It further said that it had prepared the report after talking to the neighbours of the victims’ families.

Meanwhile, counsel for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi informed the Court that it was ready to pay compensation to the family members of the victims.

The local body gave this assurance to the Court on a petition by the parents of the victims seeking compensation.

The Bench has been hearing the matter after taking suo motu note of media reports about the incident earlier this month.

The two children -- Arshad and Armaan-- had gone missing a week before the incident. Their swollen bodies had been spotted by a group of children who had gone to the park to play.