New Delhi: A case of negligence was registered two days after a 20-year-old kitchen keeper allegedly drowned at the Delhi Golf Club swimming pool, the police said.
Identified as Rahul Soni, the victim’s body had been fished out from the deep end of the pool, measuring around 12 feet, around 4 a.m. on Tuesday.
A native of Allahabad, Rahul’s family staged a protest outside the club in Nizamuddin on Wednesday evening. He was the family’s sole heir.
“We received a call from the club’s management following which a team was despatched to the spot. A fire brigade had to be pressed into service to fish out his body since it was, for some reason, closer to the surface of the pool’s bottom instead of floating atop,” said a senior police officer.
According to the police, Rahul was in his underwear and seemed to have used the pool in an unauthorised manner and without consent from the management. His clothes were found strewn near the shallow end of the pool.
Rahul’s family told the police that they had last spoken to him on Monday before they were intimated about his death a day later. He was scheduled to attend his sister’s wedding back home in Allahabad on June 15.
Meanwhile, all club members were sent a mail on the safety and security issues soon after the incident came to the notice of the management.
“Only the members are allowed to use the pool and he was not a club’s employee. The club’s catering has been outsourced to a restaurant and he was with it . But security is our responsibility and the guard was missing when he entered the pool,” said a member of the committee of the club.
The member said that after finishing work late on Monday night, the cook went to the pool to beat the heat, but he got on the deep side and drowned.
“An inquiry has been ordered within the club as after this incident, flaws within the security arrangements have emerged. It also means that non-members were able to access the pool,” said another member of the club.
A senior police officer said a case under Section 304 (A) of the IPC had been registered against the club management since no security guards were deputed nor was any other mechanism in place to regulate access to the pool as mandated by law.
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