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Karnataka: 6-year-old trapped in borewell for more than 15hrs, rescue ops on

A six-year-old girl slipped into an open borewell in a village in Karnataka’s Belagavi district on Saturday, said a police official.

bengaluru Updated: Apr 23, 2017 16:08 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service
Belagavi (Karnataka)
Six-year-old Kaveri slipped and fell into a dry open borewell, falling 30 feet. (ANI)

An operation is underway to rescue a six-year-old child who on Saturday fell in a borewell at a village in north Karnataka’s Belagavi district.

“Hard soil and rocks around the borewell are hampering the operation to rescue six-year-old Kaveri, trapped in the borewell when she slipped and fell on Saturday evening while playing with friends,” a National Disaster Response Force member told reporters here.

“We have dug a 10-foot tunnel so far and efforts are on to dig 20 feet more to reach Kaveri and pull her out of the borewell at the earliest,” the official said.

The team also attempted to pull out Kaveri with hooks and ropes from the narrow and dark hole but did not succeed, the official added.

Savitha, the girl’s mother, was rushed to a nearby state-run hospital for treatment after she fainted on learning about her daughter’s plight.

Chief minister Siddaramaiah said in Bengaluru that a criminal case would be filed against those responsible for the girl’s accidental fall into the borewell.

“It is the responsibility of the landowner and borewell contractor to inform the gram panchayat about the borewell being open, and (leaving it) without covering or fencing it,” added Siddaramaiah.

In a related development, BJP’s state unit president BS Yeddyurappa urged the state government to take steps to prevent children becoming victims of such open borewells.

“Such a tragedy can be averted if the authorities covered or shut down the borewell, which dried up due to severe drought and scorching summer in the region,” said Yeddyurappa in Bengaluru.

First Published: Apr 23, 2017 09:42 IST