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Body of five-year-old missing boy found in stormwater drain

The spot where the body was found is near Global Village Tech Park at Kengeri.

The spot where the body was found is near Global Village Tech Park at Kengeri.  

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He was missing since Friday night

The body of five-year-old Mohammed Zain, who fell into a stormwater drain at Hale Guddadahalli on Friday night, was found near Global Village Tech Park at Kengeri on Wednesday afternoon. The tech park is more than 10 kilometres away from the spot where he had fallen in the drain.

Personnel of the fire and emergency services and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike had been searching for the boy since Sunday.

The post-mortem was conducted at Victoria Hospital after which the body was handed over to the family.

Zain is the eldest of three siblings. Their mother Gulshan, 28, was recently widowed. She stitches sari falls for a livelihood. The family stays in a rented house in Arafath Nagar in Padarayanapura.

“Gulshan’s husband, Imran Shariff, a painter, had succumbed to tuberculosis five months ago. Since then, she has been doing odd jobs to take care of Zain, three-year-old Mohammed Tahir and one-year-old Mohammed Ahmed,” said a relative.

The J.J. Nagar police, who had initially taken up a case of kidnapping as there was no confirmation that he had fallen into the drain, have now booked a case of unnatural death.

“Zain was playing in front of the house around 10 p.m. on Friday. He then accompanied a nine-year-old girl from the neighbourhood to dump garbage in the open SWD where he slipped and fell,” said Gulshan.

Worried about the consequences, the girl did not inform anyone about his disappearance.

When Gulshan realised that Zain was missing, she began to search for him. After searching the entire night and making announcements at the local mosque, family members suspecting that Zain has been kidnapped. They approached the J.J. Nagar police and filed a complaint.

When the police examined CCTV footage, they saw Zain accompanying the girl to dump garbage in the SWD. “The footage shows the girl returning alone a few minutes later,” said the police. When they questioned her, she revealed that Zain had slipped into the drain.

BBMP officials, along with fire and emergency service personnel, started a search operation on Sunday.

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