In a tragic incident, three children drowned after falling into a pit that had been dug up as part of a road expansion project in Dondapadu of Tulluru mandal in Amaravati on Saturday.
The victims, all below the age of 10 years, along with other children were playing right next to the road that had been dug up as part of the N15 road expansion project in the capital region. Seven other kids were rescued by the locals.
The deceased have been identified as Dinesh Uppalapati (6), Amala Uppalapati (8) and Bandi Satvik (10), with the former two being siblings. The bodies have been sent to the Thulluru government hospital mortuary for examination.
Police have registered a case under Section 304 A of the IPC (causing death by negligence).
According to Tulluru inspector Sudhakar Rao, the parents of the children have alleged that the road construction company did not take any precautionary measures to cover the pits due to which the incident took place.
Local media reported that the area where the incident took place is commonly used by children to play.