A 10-year-old boy died in a ghastly incident after his head seemingly got stuck in the grill door of an elevator at an apartment in Balaji Nagar in Hyderabad's Medchal area. The boy, a Class 5 student at a nearby school, was reported to be the son of the apartment's watchman and was living on the ground floor with his family.
The police said that the boy returned home after attending school on Monday and was playing with his friends. He later took the elevator from the third floor to go down. Investigating officials suspect that the elevator began moving before the boy completely shut the second grill.
As a result, his head reportedly got stuck and he suffocated to death, media reports stated. The family was devastated after the incident and the police said that they needed to be motivated to finish official formalities and send the body for a post-mortem.
"His parents noticed him unconscious and tried to revive him, but in vain. A case of death due to negligence (Section 304 A of the Indian Penal Code) was booked. The body was shifted to the Gandhi Hospital morgue for autopsy," the police were quoted as saying.
The family was said to hail from Andhra Pradesh and had migrated to Hyderabad for work.
In a similar incident in 2017, an 8-year-old boy was crushed to death by an elevator in Karmanghat in Hyderabad after he peeped into the pit below the elevator when the it was descending, and died as his head got crushed by it. The boyâ€™s father also was working as a watchman in the building.
In 2015, a three-year-old girl died after her head got stuck in an elevator at her school. At the time, tension prevailed after locals and relatives of the girl gathered at the spot and demanded action against the school management.