No breakthrough in rescue; demand to stop work grows

The personnel involved in rescue operations are in a fix. They have had no success in bringing out six-year-old Timmanna Hatti from the open borewell into which he fell on Sunday in Sulikeri village in Badami taluk. On Thursday, they continued digging the parallel trench amid mild showers.

The gadget designed by Madurai-based Manikandan failed to extricate the child. Suction machines of the Bagalkot Municipal Council were not able to remove the accumulated mud.

Experts from the Hatti Gold Mines, who are assisting in the rescue work, said the vertical wall of the trench may collapse under its own weight because of the weak soil. “If that happens, it would be a major setback,” said one expert. Digging to 170 feet could take days if not weeks.

The district administration has spent nearly Rs. 50 lakh, and an equal mount would be needed to continue the operation.

Meanwhile, the demand for bringing the rescue operations to a close is gaining momentum, with even village residents joining in.

On Wednesday night, doctors at the site said there was a foul smell coming from the borewell.

The options to save the boy seem to be dwindling by the hour.

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