The Army's Command Hospital in Kolkata. File Photo.
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Kolkata: A special child drowned in a water pool at the Army’s Command Hospital in Kolkata today 20 February when he was attending his school, which is located on the campus.

The school, named ASHA, is meant for specially-abled children and is run by the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA). It enrolls children of both civilians and armed force personnel.

The parents of the deceased child Sambuddha Ghosh (5), who hail from Silpara at Behala in south Kolkata, have accused the school authorities of negligence leading to the death of their only child. They have lodged a written complaint to the Army authorities.

The Army has termed it “a very unfortunate accident.” “We have a set procedure and are ascertaining the facts. Appropriate steps will be taken,” a spokesperson at Army’s Eastern Command said.

The pool in which Sambuddha drowned is used for hydrotherapy by the Command Hospital. Hydrotherapy is used for pain relief in alternative medicine.

Sambuddha, who was afflicted with autism since birth, was the only child to IT employee Subhajit Ghosh and Suchetana Ghosh.

They had enrolled their son to ASHA school located on the Command Hospital campus at New Alipore in the city.

Today being the annual sports at the school, Ghosh dropped Sambuddha at school around 12 noon and was told by teachers that he will be informed over the phone once the event ends.

However, Ghosh received a call from the school in about half-an-hour. He was asked to come over to the school at the earliest.

“On reaching the school, he was told that his son is missing. Divers were searching for the child in the pool.”

“After a while, Sambuddha was fished out unconscious from the pool and was rushed to the hospital. He was declared dead on arrival,” said Rajib Bhattacharya, a close friend of the family.

Ghosh, the bereaved father, subsequently lodged a written complaint to Army authorities accusing the school teachers and staff of causing the death of his son through sheer negligence.