3-year-old Gwalior boy who fell into borewell dies after ‘rescue’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Gwalior
  • Updated: Jul 23, 2016 18:56 IST
Three-year-old Abhi Pachori being taken out of the borewell he had fallen in on Friday evening. (ANI)

The three-year-old boy stuck inside a 28-feet borewell in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior district was on Saturday afternoon pulled out, but was declared dead at the hospital, authorities said.

Abhi Pachori had slipped and fallen into a borewell in his father’s field in Kheri-Gaon village of Dabra block, about 45 kilometers from Gwalior, while playing on Friday evening and has been motionless ever since.

A team of field officials including the SDM, BSF men and revenue officials had rushed to the spot soon villagers raised an alarm. The rescue team had been worried about the lack of movement and the presence of several-foot-long snake moving around him, as seen with a video camera.

This is the third such incident in the state in the past year, raising questions about the preparedness of the government to deal with and stop such crises. In both the past incidents, the children died before rescue personnel reached them.

“The BJP government is in power for 12 years. What has been its plan to check recurrence of such incidents”, asked Rajkumar, a local resident.

The BJP legislator from Bhind, Mukesh Chaturvedi, has said that he would raise the issue in the state assembly and meet chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to check such incidents. There should be a stringent law to prevent children’s death, he added.

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