The Hush Post|10:06 am|one-minute-read|
Two-year-old Fatehveer who had fallen into a 200-feet deep open borewell in a Sangrur village in Punjab was finally retrieved on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday but couldn’t be saved. The toddler was seemingly dead when he was retrieved. Earlier, on the second day, the doctors administered a gas to the child while he was inside the borewell to ensure he conserves energy. Fatehveer was evacuated after more than 100 hours.
A parallel bore was dug which went directly as deep as the other borewell in which Fatehveer had fallen. After digging a parallel bore 120 feet deep manually, another horizontal bore was dug by a team of NDRF by sliding down to connect to the borewell where the child was struck. And that is how he was evacuated.
Immediately after evacuation, Fatehveer, probably dead, was taken to PGI where he was declared brought dead. At present, his body is at the mortuary of PGI, Chandigarh for the post-mortem.
The incident took place on Thursday afternoon.
The victim Fatheveer Singh was playing outside his home and fell into an open borewell, which was lying open for the past seven years, at Bhagwanpura in Sunam sub-division of the district.
The child has not had any food for the past five-six days. Day before yesterday, he was seen moving his body after which doctors administered him anaesthesia. Fatehveer was being provided oxygen also to ensure he could breathe well. But due to the delay in rescue operation, he could not live. The people also accused NDRF and the local administration of not handing the operation to the army to get credit for evacuating Fatehveer.
Soon after the incident took place, officials of the police and civil administration along with residents began the rescue operation. A team of National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) from Bathinda also joined the efforts.
The officials said the borewell is around 170-feet deep and the boy was stuck at 120 feet. “He is the only child of his parents. His father and other family members were also near him when the mishap occurred,” Rohi Singh, the grandfather of the child, said.
Fatehveer probably died a day before his second birthday on June 10, it is believed.