Two-year-old Punjab boy pulled out of borewell after 5 days, declared dead

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A two-year-old boy, who had fallen into a 150-feet deep borewell in Punjab’s Sangrur and was stuck for nearly 109 hours there, has been declared dead. He was pulled out of the borewell on Tuesday morning.

Fatehveer Singh was rushed to PGI Chandigarh where doctors declared him dead.

The toddler fell into an unused borewell in Bhagwanpura village of Sangrur district on Thursday at around 4 pm when he was playing near his house.

The borewell was covered with a cloth and the child accidentally stepped on it., said sources.

After a five-day rescue effort, Fatehveer was pulled out at about 5:30 am today morning by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and then taken to PGI Chandigarh.

A massive rescue operation was launched to bring the child out of the borewell. Officials managed to supply oxygen, but no food or water could be provided to him. A parallel borewell of 36 inches in diameter was dug to pull the child out.

On Monday, there was anger among people against the district administration and the state government over the delay in rescuing the toddler.

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh tweeted his condolences. “Very sad to hear about the tragic death of young Fatehveer. I pray that Waheguru grants his family the strength to bear this huge loss

He also said, “Have sought reports from all DCs regarding any open bore well so that such terrible accidents can be prevented in the future.”