Ten-year-old Samir Mahanand, who fell into a drain near a Tata Steel residential enclave and was swept away by rainwater on Wednesday evening, was found dead in Jayanti Sarovar, a kilometre away, on Thursday morning.
The Jusco team, which had resumed search from 5am, found his body floating in the lake inside Jubilee Park two hours later. It was handed over to Samir’s bereaved parents, his father an auto-rickshaw driver and mother a maid.
“The child was found dead in the lake that is linked to the pit. After our search at the drain drew a blank, we had feared him drowned and expected to find the body in the morning,” said a rescue worker.
Soon after the body was recovered, sympathisers of the aggrieved family staged a blockade on Jubilee Road, Jubilee Officers’ Enclave, adjoining demanding Rs 5 lakh as compensation and a company job for Samir’s father. Ashok Mahanand has three other children, but Samir was his eldest son. The boy, who died on the day he turned 10, has left behind two sisters aged 14 and 12, and a brother aged five.
The 300-odd demonstrators told police that they would not allow custody of the body unless damages were paid. The blockade was imposed around 9.30am and lifted around noon only after BJP leaders Sarayu Roy and Dineshanand Goswami intervened. But, the agitation shifted to the Jusco office in Bistupur, where a dharna continued till late afternoon. The body was handed over to police around 6pm.
Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan said the matter of compensation was being discussed with the company management and a final decision would be taken soon.