92 Hours On, Two-Year-Old Child Still Stuck In 150-Ft- Borewell In Sangrur, Punjab
Two-year-old Fatehvir Singh remained stuck in a 150-feet-deep borewell in Sangrur, over 92 hours after he fell into it, with frantic rescue operations underway to pull out the toddler.
Fatehvir, who is the only child of his parents, fell into the unused borewell in a field on Thursday evening when he was playing near his house in Bhagwanpura village.
The boy had accidently stepped on the borewell which was covered with a cloth, officials said, adding his mother had tried to rescue him, but failed.
Despite rescuers being close to reaching the child on Sunday, he could not be retrieved so far as the rescue operation was confronted with some technical problems.
No food or water could be provided to the child after he fell into the borewell, officials said, adding oxygen was being supplied to him.
A team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) assisted by police, civil authorities, villagers and volunteers, were carrying out the rescue operation amid scorching heat.
Some volunteers were also extending help in this regard, officials said.
A parallel borewell has been dug by installing reinforced cement concrete (RCC) pipes of 36 inches in diameter to rescue Fatehvir.
Rescuers have planned to reach an appropriate depth and then dig horizontally for about two to three feet to bring out the toddler from the other borewell where he is stuck.
Some of villagers also criticised the district administration, blaming it for alleged “delay” in bringing out Fatehvir from abandoned borewell.
“More than 90 hours have passed and district administration has failed to retrieve the child stuck in the borewell,” said a local villager.
Sensing anger of villagers, the grandfather of Fatehvir urged people to be patient.
News Credit – NDTV