Birthday Boy, Friend Consumes Sulphuric Acid By Mistake, Dies


A boy celebrating his ninth birthday and one of his friends died on Wednesday night after they mistook sulphuric acid for a cold drink, and drank it.

Sahil Shankar, whose birthday it was, and his goldsmith-father Shankar had invited friends and relatives from the neighbourhood for a party at their Kilari Road residence off Kempe Gowda Road.

After the cake was cut and the guests sat down for dinner, Sahil and his friend Aryan went into a room where Shankar had stored sulphuric acid in a glass bottle for jewellery-related work.

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“The children mistook it for a soft drink and drank it. Soon, they collapsed. The guests rushed the children to a private hospital, which referred them to Victoria hospital, where doctors declared them brought dead,” a police officer said. The bodies of the boys were handed over to the parents after a postmortem examination on Thursday.

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According to police, Sahil was in Class III and Aryan a Class II student. Both studied at a private school in Chamarajapet. Shankar was not in the house during the party, and his wife Sunita was attending to the guests.

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Police said Shankar’s family hail from Maharashtra and moved to Bengaluru three decades ago. Sahil was the couple’s elder child. Aryan too was the elder child of his goldsmith father, a native of Uttar Pradesh.

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