‘He was born after eight years of marriage’

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Parents left him in city in the hope of giving him better education

Thirteen-year-old Yeshwanth, who drowned in a six-foot deep pit on Government Arts College ground on Wednesday, had left his house with a friend to play cricket, ignoring the words of his grandmother.

Prabhavatamma, a septuagenarian, was inconsolable. “After having breakfast, one of his friends, Tilak, came and called him out to play cricket. I refused to let him go. But he ran away with Tilak. I never thought that it would end in disaster,” she said.

The boy’s parents live in Ramasamudram village near Mulabagilu. He had been living with his uncle Reddappa’s family on Killari Road. He was being raised in the city to ensure good education, family members said. His mother Reddamma had come to the city for the Dasara festival.

Tilak called his mother and informed her of the tragedy. She informed Yeshwanth’s family and took them to the ground. By the time the family reached the spot, members of the public had pulled out the boy from the pit.

Reddamma recounted that Yeshwanth was born eight years after her marriage due to a medical issue and after performing several poojas. “When he was born, he was weak. He weighed only a kilogram and was kept in an incubator for weeks. I always thanked my luck as he grew up to be a healthy boy. But God snatched him from me,” she lamented.

Ulsoor Gate police have registered a case of causing death due to negligence against Government Arts College authorities and the contractor who had dug up the pits and left them uncovered any warning or safety measures.

The body was shifted to Victoria Hospital where an autopsy would be conducted on Thursday.

(The Hindu)

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