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Boy’s death in mall to be probed

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Bangalore: Leader of the House D.H. Shankaramurthy assured the Legislative Council on Friday that the Government would order an inquiry into the Garuda Mall incident in which a six-year-old boy fell to his death.

Responding to a detailed discussion on a call attention notice by Vimala Gowda (BJP), Mr. Shankaramurthy said the inquiry would look at aspects such as whether building norms and safety measures had been complied with. The Government would place the inquiry report in the House before the end of the ongoing session, he said.

Ms. Gowda drew the House’s attention to some “undisclosed incidents” that reportedly took place at the mall some months ago. Many people were caught in a lift for over three hours, she said.

Ms. Gowda demanded that the management of the mall and the officials concerned be held responsible for the tragedy.

Congress member K.C. Kondaiah said the parents of the boy who died were his friends. The proprietor of the mall was also his friend. The incident should be viewed in perspective, and there were no lapses on the part of the mall’s management, he maintained. The parents of the boy had not lodged a complaint with the police, realising that it was an accident, he said.

Many members, including Chairman B.K. Chandrashekar disapproved of his line of argument and demanded that the Government order a comprehensive inquiry.

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