A four-year-old girl's birthday celebration turned into a nightmare for her family on Wednesday after the child fell into a 68-feet-deep borewell in Khoh village in Manesar, police said.
The army and National Security Guard (NSG) personnel have been pressed into service to rescue the child, along with a team from the Gurgaon Rapid MetroRail. The victim, Mahi Upadhyay, slipped into the 1.5-feet-wide pit in a vacant plot opposite to her house at 11.10pm. Her cries for help were heard for half-an-hour, said the victim's relatives.
To find out the condition of the victim, a CCTV camera was lowered into the pit but it did not provide any clue. The fate of the child remained unknown till late evening on Thursday.
According to the locals, the pit had been lying unattended for more than a month. An associate of the plot owner, however, claimed that the pit had been covered but someone had removed the lid.
The victim's father, Neeraj Upadhyay, is a security supervisor who had shifted to Manesar two-and-a-half years ago from Aligarh.
"Mahi was playing with her friends in an auto parked outside the house and her mother was seeing off relatives after the birthday party. As she disembarked and ran towards home, she slipped into the pit that was just a feet away from the vehicle," said Neeraj Upadhyay.
One of Neeraj's friends informed the police at 11.15 pm but the latter reached the spot only at 12.30am.
“They didn't have even one torch. It took us nearly two hours to get an emergency light as I had to go to workplace in Sector 4 of IMT Manesar,” the father added.
The victim's mother, Suman, said her daughter was scared of the dark and was shouting for help. “She was crying for help asking me to take her out as it was dark there. I told her I am trying my best but we didn't hear her voice after 12.45am,” Suman said.
An army team from the Delhi Cantt joined the rescue operation at 6am. Precious time was lost as the city police and health department officials could insert only an oxygen pipe into the pit in a matter of 5hours. As the army team started digging a parallel pit with the help of a JCB machine, a DMRC team reached the spot around 4pm.