The pit in which the child drowned. Photo: Republica
DHADING, May 20: The family members of a child, who died after falling into a pit dug up by a cement factory in Benighat Rorang Municipality-2, received the dead body after being assured of Rs 1 million in relief and a job for a family member.
The municipality has assured the dead child's family of Rs 1 million and a job at the under-construction Huaxin Cement Narayani Pvt Ltd to a family member. So as to build the road to the cement factory, a pit was dug up near the Malekhukhola to extract gravel. On Saturday, three children had gone to the pit for swimming. One of them died while the remaining two managed to escape.
The deceased has been identified as eight-year old Kedar Giri of Gajuri Rural Municipality-2. The factory was already facing accusations of building a road by encroaching upon river area when another controversy erupted on Saturday following the death of the minor. This has irked the locals.
The agitating locals had demanded stern action against the cement factory and proper compensation to the victim's family. After holding discussions with the victim's family, the local residents, representatives of the cement factory and local representatives reached the conclusion to provide sufficient relief to the victim's family.
The irate locals had even tried to attack Pit Bahadur Dallakoti, chairperson of Benighat, who reached the site after the incident. The people vented their ire against the factory for rampantly excavating the river against an earlier agreement to use its own resources.
The under-construction road had ensued a dispute between Benighat and Gajuri municipalities since long. The locals had even filed a complaint at the Public Accounts Committee of parliament, stating that the mud released while digging the road has affected their cultivable land. Following the complaint, the committee had inspected the under-construction road.