Mumbai: A five-year-old boy, missing for almost a day, was found dead inside a locked car in suburban Ghatkopar, on Sunday, said police.
He apparently died due to suffocation, they said.
Kurban Rahim Khan was found dead in the back seat of the SUV around 6pm on Sunday evening. He died of suffocation after getting locked in the car for around two hours. According to a report by Hindustan Times, Khan was playing with his friends at a plot in Ghatkopar (West), close to the chawl behind Pankhesha mosque, where he lives.
The police suspect that while playing, Khan locked himself in the SUV and then could not open the door. Khan’s friends did not realise that he had locked himself, as they were unable to hear his screams, the police said.
Khan’s family members began looking for the kid when he did not return by 6 pm.
During the search, Khan was found lying in the SUV, which was then broken to pull him out. Khan was then rushed to a nearby hospital and was declared dead on arrival. According to a Times of India report, sources said the post-mortem reports by Rajawadi hospital stated that Qurban Khan died of suffocation but further investigation are pending. Reports said the boy was suffering for some time from pneumonia.
Qurban is survived by his father, who works for a chartered accountant in south Mumbai. He also had three other siblings.
The car is among 18 vehicles confiscated by the Crime Branch in connection with various cases and subsequently
parked by roadside near Damodar Park, an official from Ghatkopar police station said.
With inputs from PTI