Tragedy strikes again at Lalbagh. Boy killed after pillar collapses on him

Tragedy strikes again at Lalbagh. Boy killed after pillar collapses on him

Submitted by Rashmi on Mon, 2016-12-26 18:37 Bengaluru: A seven-year-old boy killed after a stone pillar collapsed on him at Lalbagh on Mondayat 2.45 pm. The deceased is identified as Vikram who had come to play in the park with his relatives as he had Christmas holidays. Tragedy occurred when he was posing for the photograph near the pillar. “I was taking the photograph of Vikram and my other cousins when the pillar came crashing in,” cried a relative.She screamed for help but none came forward. Instead, most of the bystanders were busy clicking the photograph and making the video, rued the relative. She also blamed the apathy of officials for not extending the help on time. “Pillars were so heavy that we could not lift it and Vikram died on the spot,” the relative added.However, MR Chandrashekar, Deputy Director, Horticulture Department said, "Neither the department nor the officials were responsible for the boy’s death. Despite our security personnel warning the family, they neglected and made the boy sit on the pillar while taking the photograph. This has resulted in the tragedy.”Vikram's father Kumar, works in handloom factory and mother Revati is a homemaker at Srirampura.Siddapura police are investigating the case.This is the second tragedy at the Botanical park. It can be recalled here that a seven-year-old girl Vaishnavi died after she was stung by a swarm of bees at Lalbagh Botanical Gardens on August 15, last year. The incident occurred when Vaishnavi had accompanied her parents to watch the Independence Day flower show. ​