Haryana: Girl trapped in bore well found dead
Mahi, the four-year-old girl who got trapped in a narrow and deep bore well in Gurgaon for 86 agonising hours, was on Sunday declared dead after rescuers reached her through a parallel tunnel.
Gurgaon officials said she was dead even before soldiers who had been working non-stop for days finally made contact with the child just after noon. Backing the military was a group of men adept in digging tunnels and borewells led by a Saurav Khan.
The girl accidentally fell into the 70-feet deep borewell at the IMT township just before midnight on Wednesday, sparking a major rescue operation involving the army and civilian agencies.
The rescue efforts dominated the TV channels which covered the operations non-stop, leading to lakhs of viewers hoping for a miracle. Without water and food and only on oxygen, the chil’s survival chances were slim. Reaching the girl was a tough task with rocks stalling digging efforts.
The first confirmation of her death came on Sunday from Chief Medical Officer Praveen Garg of the Civil Hospital in Gurgaon. A short time later, Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner PC Meena too confirmed that the girl was dead before she was taken out of the borewell and rushed to the ESI Hospital in Manesar town.
The news was a shock for the thousands of people who had gathered outside the hospital and at the site of the borewell for days, praying that the girl would somehow survive. The girl's mother broke down on hearing that her daughter was no more..
When soldiers digging through Thursday and Friday hit rocky patches, officials decided to rope in the Rapid Metro as well as Delhi Metro, both of which have specialised digging equipment.
According to Gurgaon police, a four-year-old boy had similarly fallen into a deep borewell in the same area February 26, 2004. But he was rescued, thanks to the initiative of a police officer, Usman Ali.
- Asian Tribune –