Khaleej Times

Toddler stuck for 58 hours in borewell found dead


hyderabad — Rescue workers on Sunday pulled out dead the 14-month girl, who had accidental­ly slipped into an open borewell in Telangana’s Ranga Reddy district on Thursday.

After about 58 hours of rescue operation involving different agencies, the child, daughter of a farm labourer, was found dead on Sunday, police said.

The girl, fondly called as Chinnari, was playing with her elder sister when she accidental­ly fell in the nearly 450-feet-deep open borewell in a field at Ekkareddyg­uda village of Chevella mandal, about 60km from here, on Thursday around 7.15pm.

“She is declared dead...we called off the rescue operation at 6am after the remains were retrieved,” Cyberabad Police Commission­er Sandeep Shandilya said.

The authoritie­s had on Saturday said chances of the toddler’s survival were bleak.

The efforts to rescue the child had started from 8pm on Thursday using different methods. However, today her remains were found stuck at around 245 feet, police said.

“After the postmortem was conducted, the child’s remains were handed over to her family members and taken to her native Gorepally village,” Chevella police station’s sub-inspector N Sridhar Reddy said.

After the girl fell into the borewell, a parallel trench was dug along the hole with the help of earth excavating machines even as the rocky area and rains had hampered the rescue work.

High-tech sensitive cameras were deployed to locate the girl and oxygen was continuous­ly pumped in the borewell.

Apart from police, the fire department, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel and a team of ONGC officials were also involved in the rescue operation.

A team of doctors and ambulance was also deployed at the spot.

Case registered

The Cyberabad police on Saturday registered a case against the land owner, Malla Reddy, under IPC section 336 (act endangerin­g life or personal safety of others).

In October 2014, a four-yearold girl died after falling into a nearly 300-feet-deep borewell in Ranga Reddy’s Manchal village. —

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