A three-year-old girl who was injured in a fire that broke out near the police quarters in Shivajinagar on March 5 died at the burns ward of the Victoria Hospital on March 15. Harshali Chukki’s father, who is a police constable, took to social media, blaming the negligence of the maintenance in-charge at the police quarters for the incident. The bereaved father, attached to the Cubbon Park police station, alleged that no senior police official visited his family at the hospital.
According to Harshali’s father Lokeshappa, on March 5, his daughter was playing outside their house. She had gone to pick up a ball. Meanwhile, a fire set to the dry tree branches had spread to the garbage pile nearby. By the time Harshali was about to pick the ball up, another child picked it up pushing Harshali aside. She fell into the fire suffering severe burns on her chest. She was immediately shifted to the Victoria Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries on March 15. Soon after Harshali’s death, a memo was issued to the Shivajinagar police, but until then no policeman came to the spot to investigate, the father alleged. Lokeshappa is extremely depressed by his daughter’s death and is demanding strict action against all those responsible.