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In well for 30 hrs, Sonu shows no activity

Thirty hours after Sonu fell into a 150-foot deep pit, a sense of futility was setting in among those involved in the rescue. The child, who is caught at 70 feet, has shown no sign of activity since Thursday afternoon. Rescue operation

india Updated: Oct 11, 2008 00:45 IST

Thirty hours after two-and-a-half-year-old Sonu fell into a 150-foot deep pit in Lahra Ka Pura village, 50 km from Agra, a sense of futility was setting in among those involved in the rescue. The child, who is caught at 70 feet, has shown no sign of activity since Thursday afternoon.

The government, however, did stir into action on Friday and suspended the Jal Board’s engineer assistant A.K. Bansal and junior engineer R.S. Yadav.

The Jal Board, entrusted with the task of water supply, dug the borewell pit and left it uncovered. The contractor who did the work had been identified and a case registered, Agra district magistrate Anil Kumar said. The contractor reportedly left the pit uncovered after a quarrel with the engineers.

Rescue operations were on at the time of the filing of this report.

A similar exercise was carried out in March to save five-year-old Vandana, who, too, had fallen into a borewell in Tehra village of the district. She was rescued after a 27-hour-long operation.