Hyderabad: A seven-year-old boy died after he fell into an open nala at Bowenpally's Bhavana colony on Saturday. The incident occurred between 9.30 a.m and 10 a.m on 5 June.

Anand Sai, who lives adjacent to Chinna Thokatta culvert, was playing outside when he slipped and fell into the nala. His mother raised an alarm when she found her son missing. Following this, the family and the locals launched a massive search for the body. A special team of divers was called from Tank Bund to search for Sai but it proved futile. The Bowenpally police found Sai's body a few meters away from the spot.

Meanwhile, the locals came down heavily against Secunderabad Cantonment Board ward member Pandu Yadhav. "TRS Secunderabad Cantonmet Board ward member Pandu Yadhav on several occasions broke coconuts and pretended to inaugurate Chinna Thokatta nala works at Bowenpally. It failed to take off until last month. On 5 June, hours before the incident, I personally called the contractor to ask him to build a retaining wall in order to avoid incidents before the onset of monsoon. Hours later 7-year-old Anand Sai slipped into the nala and died," an eyewitness told NewsMeter.

The eyewitness further said that the contractor had been conducting excavation works at Chinna Thokatta culvert for over a month. No retaining wall had been constructed, he added.

A criminal case has been registered against the contractor. NewsMeter could not reach the ward member.

Sai's father is an RTC driver and the family is from Kalvakurthi.

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