The boy was leaning on a pillar, posing for a picture when the incident occurred.

6-year-old boy dies at Bengalurus Lalbagh after part of pillar falls on himAugustus Binu/Wikimedia commons
news Accident Monday, December 26, 2016 - 19:18

In an unfortunate turn of events, a family outing turned into a tragedy as a six-year-old boy died in Lalbagh Botanical Gardens on Monday afternoon.

“The boy’s family wanted to click a picture of the boy near a pillar. He was leaning on the pillar in which stones were stacked one on top of another and posing for the photo, when a stone from the pillar fell on the boy and he succumbed to the injury,” said Siddapura Police Inspector.

According to a report by the Times of India, the victim, Vikram, is a resident of Sreerampura and was with his parents Kumar and Revathi when the incident occurred.

The boy’s uncle told The Hindu that people were clicking photos of the injured boy instead of helping him and was only later shifted to the hospital.

The Siddapura Police investigating the matter.

BFirst quoted MR Chandrasekhar, Deputy Director of Horticulture Department saying that the staff or security were not at fault and that the parents had kept the boy on top of the pillar despite being told not to.

This is not the first instance of a death at the famous gardens in the city.

In August, last year, a seven-year-old girl died after being stung by bees at Lalbagh. The incident had occurred when the girl and her 

family were on a visit to the flower show, according to media reports.

In November 2014, the President of the Walkers’ Association in Bengaluru spotted the body of a girl in a plastic bag floating in the lake at Lalbagh West gate. It was later revealed that the 17-year-old girl lived at a care centre in Chamrajpet as she had lost both her parents. A case of unnatural death was filed.