The death of five-year-old boy Nirob, whose body was recovered from the Buriganga River after he fell into a manhole in the city’s Shyampur area on Tuesday, was caused by drowning, said the autopsy report on Wednesday.Dr Kazi Abu Sama, the head of Forensic Department of Shaka Medical College Hospital, said doctors found water in his stomach and he died within half-an-hour of drowning.
After the autopsy at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), Nirob’s body was handed over to his family members around 11 am today.
Doctors at the DMCH declared him dead when he was taken to the hospital after being rescued from the Buriganga River on Tuesday.
Fire Service divers rescued Nirob from the river at Palpara, around 2 kilometres off the manhole, around 8:20 pm.
Nirob, son of Rezaul of Shyampur area, slipped into the manhole near Shyampur Jagarani Club around 4:20 pm as he was playing there with two other kids — Ratul and Hridoy.
Later, seven units of firefighters, including a team of divers, rushed to the spot and tried to rescue the minor boy by launching a search inside the sewerage line linked to the manhole.
Muzammel Haque, deputy director (Dhaka Division) of Fire Service and Civil Defence, said the rescuers searched about 1 km sewerage tunnel before launching a search where the sewerage line met the Buriganga.