Bengaluru: Toddler falls into swimming pool while cycling, dies

Bengaluru : A three-and-a-half-year-old boy drowned after accidentally falling into a swimming pool on the premises of Mantri Residency, an upscale apartment complex on Bannerghatta Road, on Monday afternoon.

Vikyat, an LKG student, had returned from school and played with his grandparents for some time. Then he took the bicycle and sneaked out of home. He cycled towards the swimming pool which is more than seven feet deep. But security guards moved him to a safe place and asked him not to venture near the pool. They then went for lunch.

When they came back half an hour later, they were shocked to find a bicycle floating in the pool. One of the guards then jumped into the pool and found that their worst fears had come true: the boy had drowned, the police said.

Vikyat was the only son of Abhijit Deshpande and Pallavi, both software engineers from Belagavi. The couple work for a leading IT company in Bengaluru and have been living in Mantri Residency for the last few years.

A senior police officer said: “The boy’s parents have stated that the housekeeping staff had cleaned the pool and filled it with water and left the place. His grandparents didn’t realise that he had gone out of home. He accidentally fell into the pool and drowned. He used to go cycling around the premises.” The officer suspected that the boy lost balance while cycling and fell into the swimming pool.

Police are trying to get the footage of CCTV cameras installed at the apartment complex to find out how exactly the accident occurred. A case of unnatural death has been registered at the Hulimavu police station.

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