| TNN | Jan 28, 2018, 18:14 IST
JAIPUR: Four of five Children who had widened the fence around a forest area in Sikar to make a hole to enter forest land and play in soil died when loose soil caved in and buried them alive. One 11-year-old child managed to escape the falling soil and alert adults, but it was too late to save the others.
Additional district collector Jai Prakash Narayan explained to TOI that this was an unfortunate accident. “The soil was loose in the area, which had been fenced off by the forest department. There was no work happening at the spot. A large sand dune type of pile was attractive to the children as a spot to play in. Eight-year-old Mahesh, Sanjay and Abhishek, both 10, and Rahul, nine, died as the sand collapsed on them while they were digging in the soil.”
Narayan said the children were cousins, children of two brothers. “We will do what we can to offer the family compensation from the chief minister’s relief fund. We will also be erecting a board in the area and fencing off the area more thoroughly to prevent such accidents in future. The district collector has already visited the spot. There is no danger of such an accident anywhere else in that spot. It was unfortunate that the children, unmindful of the danger, made their way through the fence and to this spot where the sand caved in on them.”

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