AMIT KUSHWAHA, the three-year-old child who had slipped into a 60 ft deep borewell pit at Dhoreshwar village in Katni district was rescued early on Monday.
Men and machine slugged for over 13 hours digging a parallel hole three feet away and a tunnel to connect both the pits to bring the child to safety at 3.30 am.
Police teams and marble mine experts of Saleemnadbad toiled to dig the parallel hole as villagers worshipped in temples and parents of the boy prayed for his welfare.
Amit was rushed to the district hospital immediately after he was brought to the surface and has been kept under observation.
Oxygen was pumped into the pit and a close circuit camera placed to monitor the movements of the child, stuck at a depth of about 20 feet of the pit and well above the water level, throughout the rescue effort.
District magistrate Anupam Ranjan and his team of revenue officials and senior police officials supervised the operation akin to the one a year ago in Haldhari village in Haryana to rescue five-year old Prince.
Ambulance and a team of doctors stood by to meet any emergency as villagers and curious onlookers crowed the place making it hard for the police to control them.
Though Amit cried intermittently during the entire operation, he was in good shape till the operation was over. Father Rajendra and mother Phool Bai peeped into the hole and looked at the sky with folded hands as the rescue team worked. Amit was composed once he was in the arms of his mother.
Amit had slipped into the hole around 4 pm on Sunday while playing near his house falling under Pan Umaria police station.
His uncle had dug the pit for fixing a hand pump for irrigation purposes, the police said. Though Amit father’s says his son was three year-old, his mother and doctors attending on him say Amit was 18 or 24 month-old, police said.