A 14-year-old boy succumbed to burns he sustained on Sunday, when he got stuck in loose soil at an empty plot that was used to dump chemicals illegally.
Harshal was a student of Nagana halli Government School, and a resident of Syadanahalli. Harshal passed away at KR Hospital around 6pm on Sunday.
Harshal's friend Manoj also sustained burns, and was admitted to KR Hopsital, where he is undergoing treatment. However, Manoj is reportedly out of danger.
On the evening of April 13, Harshal and Manoj went 13, Harshal and Manoj went into the empty plot to attend nature's call. The plot belonged to Somanna, a resident of Kumbara Koppal in Mysuru.
Soil highly inflammable:"The soil in the empty plot was loose, and industrial chemical waste was dumped illegally there. As it was slightly dark, the children did not realize the presence of chemicals in the soil. Harshal got stuck in the loose soil, and the lower part of his body was severely burnt. When he tried to escape, he injured his hands as well," police said. The presence of chemicals had turned the soil highly inflammable, police added.