Chandigarh: The two-year-old boy, who was trapped in a 150-ft borewell after almost 110 hours, was declared dead after being rescued on Tuesday morning in Punjab’s Sangrur district.
Fatehveer Singh, who was rescued at 5.12 am by joint efforts of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), police officials, was flown to PGIMER Chandigarh in an ambulance, where his condition was first declared serious. He was declared dead early Tuesday morning.
Fatehveer Singh, who turned two years old on Monday, fell into the seven-inch wide borewell in a field around 4 pm on June 6 when he was playing near his house in Bhagwanpura village in Sangrur area.
The child was stuck in the borewell and was unable to move as his face was covered with a jute bag. The jute bag had fallen on him when he slipped into the borewell. The borewell was covered with a cloth and the boy accidentally stepped on it.
While the officials managed to supply oxygen to the kid, no food or water could be provided to him after he fell into the borewell.
In efforts to rescue the two-year-old, a parallel borewell of 36 inches in diameter was dug. However, after the rescue team was unable to use the parallel borewell, they brought out Fatehveer Singh with his hands clamped with a rope.
Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh has sought reports from DCs regarding open borewells in the state.
Earlier, toddler’s grandfather had claimed that the two-year-old boy, pulled out from the abandoned borewell after five days of rescue operation, was no more.
“Why was he taken to the hospital when he is no more,” Rohi Singh, child’s grandfather, told reporters. He also claimed that the body of the child had grievous wounds. “He was pulled out (of the borewell) by using strings.”
Villagers held a protest and blocked the Sunam-Mansa road as they blamed the district administration for not being able to bring out the child even after four days. Heavy police were deployed around the site to prevent any untoward incident.