MEN AND MACHINE worked non-stop to dig a parallel hole to pull a three-year-old boy out of a borewell pit he slipped into while playing at Goreshwar village in Katni district, 250 km from here, on Sunday.
The hole was dug about three feet away from the pit and a rescue team was trying to reach the boy Amit Kushwaha till the time of going to the press.
Oxygen was pumped into the pit and district officials reached the spot to supervise the rescue operation.
The boy’s father Rajendra and mother Phool Bai kept peeping into the hole and praying god with folded hands. The boy is reportedly fine.
Marble mine owners of Saleemnadabad have rushed their experts and machines to the spot to help the rescue efforts. At temples of Katni and Jabalpur, people were praying for Amit’s safe rescue.
In a rerun of the Prince episode at Haldari village in Haryana a year ago, army men, police and locals worked feverishly to rescue Amit, who had got stuck at around 20 feet of the 60-ft-deep hole.
A close-circuit camera was installed to monitor the movements of Amit. The child’s parents had gone out when the boy slipped around 4.30 pm into the hole dug by his uncle for irrigation purposes.
As soon as the news about the incident reached the district officials, a team of doctors and an ambulance was rushed to the spot and the district magistrate Anupam Ranjan and senior police officials reached there. The services of army experts from Jabalpur were also requisitioned.
The spot was crowded with curious onlookers and villagers and police were having a tough time to control them.