Bengaluru authorities engaged in the search for a 4-year-old boy, Mohammed Zain since Sunday, found his body in a stormwater drain on Wednesday near the Global Village Tech Park on Wednesday. This is the second tragedy for his mother Gulshan and the family in a short period of time, since Zain’s father had recently succumbed to tuberculosis.
“Gulshan’s husband, Imran Shariff, a painter, had succumbed to tuberculosis five months ago. Since then, she has been doing odd jobs to take care of Zain, three-year-old Mohammed Tahir and one-year-old Mohammed Ahmed,” a relative told The Hindu.
The body was found close to 10 km downstream from the location where he was feared to have slipped into a stormwater drain in JJR Nagar, Padarayanapura ward on Friday. Deccan Herald reported the highly decomposed body was found floating in a storm water drain amid a pool of garbage.
As reported earlier, the search by police and the Fire Department for the boy in the stormwater drain had begun on Sunday although he went missing on Friday night. He had reportedly gone near the stormwater drain with a girl of his age in the neighbourhood but did not return. Zain’s mother Gulshan recently started looking for him along with other family members, but the girl kept quiet until Sunday fearing reprisals.
Police realised that the boy might have slipped into the drainage system when they went through the footage from a CCTV camera in the neighbourhood.
“Zain had gone to the side of the stormwater drain with a girl of his age. In the footage, we only saw the girl returning. We have been looking for him since then. However, it was only two days after the incident that the girl told us that he fell into the stormwater drain. We then went to the stormwater drain to find him, but in vain,” Shabuddin, the boy’s uncle, had told News9 on Monday.