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Updated: June 22, 2012 01:42 IST

Toddler falls into borewell

Ashok Kumar
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Army personnel perform rescue operation to save four-year-old Mahi (inset) who fell into a borewell at Kashan village in Gurgaon on Thursday.
PTI Army personnel perform rescue operation to save four-year-old Mahi (inset) who fell into a borewell at Kashan village in Gurgaon on Thursday.

Oxygen supplied inside 70-foot pit as rescue team digs parallel pit

A four-year-old girl fell into a 70-foot borewell at Kasan village here on Wednesday night when relatives and friends had gathered at her house to celebrate her birthday. A rescue operation by the district administration and the Army was on till late in the night.

Though the district administration could not give a clear word on the medical condition of Mahi, who was trapped inside the eight-inch-wide borewell, oxygen was being continuously supplied inside the pit and a camera lowered to ascertain her condition.

“The camera, lowered to a depth of about 65 feet, could only capture a blurred image of her hand. It is difficult to ascertain her condition from it. We are keeping our fingers crossed and supplying oxygen in the hope that she will survive the ordeal,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Parveen Mehta.

The District Magistrate has ordered a probe by Additional Deputy Commissioner K.M. Pandurang.

Mahi was playing with her cousin just outside the house while guests were being entertained inside when she accidentally stepped into the borewell around 11 p.m. “Her cousin tried to catch hold of her, but could grasp only her fingers. Mahi’s parents, guests and neighbours came rushing out and tried to reach her, but in vain. We could hear her pleading for help and telling her father that it was too dark inside. Almost an hour after the incident, she fell silent,” said Surender, a friend of Mahi’s father Neeraj Upadhyaya, who is a private security guard.

The matter was reported to the police almost an hour later and an excavator was hired from a local contractor to dig a pit parallel to the borewell. Senior district administration officials, including Deputy Commissioner P.C. Meena, reached the spot and a team of 3 Engineers Regiment from the Delhi Cantonment joined the operation at the break of dawn.

As the day progressed, a rig machine used for digging metro railway pillars was pressed into service.

According to locals, the owner of the house, Rohtash Tayal, had dug the borewell a fortnight ago and left it open. Though the locals covered it with a stone slab, someone removed it on Wednesday night to park an auto-rickshaw in which guests arrived for the birthday.


Wells of life – and deathJune 26, 2012

I write this comment after release of the painful news about her tragic death. Why these irresponsible authorities leave such hazardous wells uncovered? It's against all norms of public safety. The responsible officials should be punished and fined for this irreparable loss of a child-life.

from:  Christo Chiramukhathu
Posted on: Jun 24, 2012 at 17:23 IST

No doubt it is tragic situation.What happened is a matter of great concern...but there is strict want of that such things not happen in future...and if so accidently happened, rescue must be of such that able to come over any type of situation.This thing is not happened for first time. The administration must be competent to overcome any such situation...and should take such step that confidence of public in genral remain firm in their gaurdians.

from:  kumar pawan
Posted on: Jun 23, 2012 at 19:25 IST

A child can easily understand the voice of her parents.Is it possible to
send a tape recorder to the child in which her parents voice will be
there to boost her repeatedly giving her some instruction to mk her a
bit relaxed and to know the situation.can rescuer use a vacuum to catch
her up?iz nt there any adv technology to overcome such situation?this
directly mean that where we r standing now in which direction the costly
research programmes r proceeding with several long term projects.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2012 at 08:25 IST

Please make an arrangement to save her at any cost.I am sure she will

survive at earliest

from:  Sunil Desai
Posted on: Jun 22, 2012 at 23:32 IST

Our people will not change even after 1000 kids die. It is poor fate of India. Until and unless, you have strict rules to close the open borewells, you cannot stop kids falling in bore wells. House owner should be liable for his negligence.

from:  saravanan
Posted on: Jun 22, 2012 at 09:06 IST

Very sad. Pray that the child survives and is able to lead a normal

from:  sudarshan
Posted on: Jun 22, 2012 at 08:43 IST
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