The Delhi High Court today sought a response from the city government and the police on a man’s plea seeking a compensation of Rs 20 lakh for the death of his minor son in 2013 after falling into an open manhole in Kondli area of east Delhi.
Justice Manmohan issued the notice to Delhi Police, Public Works Department (PWD) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation, seeking their replies by November 5.
The petition was filed by Mohd Aslam Khan whose son Mohd Sadaf Siddiq died on January 31, 2013 after falling into an open manhole while playing with his friends.
The seven-year-old victim’s father has alleged in the petition that the manhole was open for a long time and the government had never tried to cover it up properly.
According to the petition, two children were playing in Harijan Basti in Kondli area of east Delhi when both of them fell into the open manhole. While one child survived, Aslam’s son died.