The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has instituted an independent enquiry into the incident that led to the death of a two-year-old child at the Kasimedu fishing harbour on Friday. A safety expert is expected to submit a report within a week.

NHAI Chief General Manager (technical) I. G. Reddy said that an initial report has already been submitted to the State government.

The child, D. Santhosh, had come to the fishing harbour with his parents, where they were drying fish, when he fell into a pit dug up at a site where work is in progress.

Meanwhile, tension prevailed for a short while on Saturday morning at the Stanley Medical College and Hospital when a group of fisherfolk refused to take the body of the child after the post-mortem examination. They demanded that action be taken and officials be held responsible for the incident.