Police have booked a case against a youth for causing the death of a 15-year-old boy by his rash and negligent act on Wednesday morning.Silambarasan (21), a resident of Anganavalasai, tried to drive a car belonging to his relative.

His relatives Suresh (26) and Kumaresan (15), who was studying in class X at a private school in Tirupur and had come home for Deepavali, was in the car with him. Suresh sat in the front while Kumaresan sat in the back.

Silambarasan inadvertently applied the reverse gear and the car fell into a farm well. While Silambarasan and Suresh managed to escape, Kumaresan was drowned.

“ The well is about 80 feet deep with water level above 50 feet. The well is 60 feet wide and does not have a parapet wall. All the three knew swimming. While two of them managed to swim to the top, Kumaresan drowned as one of his legs was caught in the car and the doors were stuck,” K. Venkatesan, Station Fire Officer of Tirupattur Fire and Rescue Services, said.

Mr. Venkatesan, along with 11 Fire personnel, rushed to the spot after receiving a call at 11 a.m. “We used five motors to pump out water for nearly 25 feet. Three Fire personnel wore life jackets and got into the well. After a struggle they opened the doors and recovered Kumaresan’s body at 7.15 p.m. It was then that we knew his leg was caught inside,” Mr. Venkatesan explained.

Police registered a case against Silambarasan for causing death by rash and negligent act. A police officer attached to the taluk station said that a post-mortem was conducted and investigation was under way.

The incident has brought to light how the Fire Department’s directive to construct parapet walls around wells was thrown to the wind.

Mr. Venkatesan said the department had already advised the public to construct walls around farm wells as there were incidents of cattle falling into such open farm wells.