Rajasthan: Girl slips into 200-ft-deep borewell; rescue efforts on

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Oct 05, 2015 16:24 IST
Police officials and locals near the borewell in which the toddler fell in Dausa district on Sunday. (HT photo)

A two-and-a-half-year-old girl fell into an open borewell while playing in the fields near her house in Biharipura village in Dausa district on Sunday afternoon, police and administration officials said.

Rescue efforts were underway to pull out the girl safely, they said.

According to the officials, Jyoti, the daughter of Rameshwar, a farmer, slipped into the 200-foot-deep borewell around 3.15 pm while her mother was working in the fields nearby.

When the mother did not see the toddler for some time, she started searching for her. She heard the girl’s cries near the borewell, after which she informed the villagers, the officials said.

Acting swiftly, the district administration called in the NDRF team from Ajmer for help. Meanwhile, the administration, with the help of police and villagers, started the rescue work.

The girl’s voice could be heard and the administration was making efforts to locate her position through camera. An oxygen pipe too was dropped in the well. Officials suspected the girl was stuck at a depth of 50-60 feet.

Locals said the borewell work had completed on Sunday only and was uncovered.

Sub divisional officer of Lalsot (Dausa), Ravi Vijay, said the girl was safe and rescue operation was on. “JCB has started digging the ground. Meanwhile efforts are also being made to pull the girl from above,” the officer said.

This is the third such incident since the beginning of this year, which shows the authorities have failed to take corrective measures so far.

In June, a five-year-old deaf and mute girl, Sunita, had fallen into a 450-foot-deep borewell in Ajitgarh area of Sikar district. She was safely rescued after 32 hours owing to the efforts of the army and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams.

The Supreme Court in 2010 had come down heavily on open borewells in fields and directed that it would be the responsibility of the field owners and the district administration to cover all open and abandoned borewells to prevent such accidents.

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