LAHORE  - A seven-year-old girl who died after falling into a manhole in Kahna area late Thursday was buried at a local graveyard amid tears on Friday.

According to police, Ayesha Abbas, accidentally fell in the manhole when she was playing in the street. The local residents managed to pull out the victim after hectic efforts, and shifted her to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced as brought dead.

Following the tragic incident, the residents staged a strong protest demonstration against the city district government stating that the tragedy took place because of the sheer negligence on part of the local administration.

They also chanted slogans against the provincial government for not paying heed to poor sanitary conditions in the suburb of Lahore. The protesters said that the authorities were informed about the open manholes on several occasions but they did not take action to improve the sanitary system.

The deaths of children after falling in open manholes are not a rare incident in the provincial metropolis because of poor sanitation system particularly in the low-income neighbourhood and suburbs of Lahore.

More than two dozen children died in similar incidents here in the Punjab capital during the last five years. The government has failed to improve the sanitary system in many parts of the metropolis.

In February, a two-year-old boy died after falling into a manhole in Journalist Housing Society Harbanspura. Another boy of the same age, Zain, died after falling into an open manhole while plying in Sharifpura Mohalla of Baghbanpura on February 16.

In September 2013, a seven-year-old boy was found dead in Ghalib Market area. Some passersby spotted body of the boy, clad in school uniform, in the drain at Zafar Ali Road and alerted the police. A 12-year-old boy drowned in the drain located near Bund Road at Double-Sarkan Stop in July 2010.

FOUND DEAD: A 45-year-old man was found tortured to death from Shahdara on Friday. Police investigators said that the man, yet to be identified, was lying tortured to death alongside the bank of Ravi river when the reached the spot. Some passersby spotted the body floating in the river waters and contacted the police by phone. The body was moved to the morgue for autopsy.

Investigators say they believe unidentified killers tortured the man to death somewhere else but fled after throwing his body into the river. The police have registered a murder case against unidentified killers and are investigating with no arrest made yet.