Punjab: Child dies after falling into 100-ft deep borewell, CM tweets condolence

The boy, who was in an unconscious state for hours, has died, officials informed.
Site where a 6-year-old child fell into a borewell in Khyala village, Hoshiarpur, Punjab.(HT Photo)
Site where a 6-year-old child fell into a borewell in Khyala village, Hoshiarpur, Punjab.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2022 09:46 PM IST
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A six-year-old child on Sunday died after he fell into a 100-feet deep borewell at a village in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district while playing in a field. The child was unconscious for hours. Teams of the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and the Indian Army tried for hours to bring him out of the well but were unsuccessful.

Deputy commissioner Sandip Hans and SSP Sartaj Chahal, who were at the spot monitering the incident, told Hindustan Times that another team of Army engineers had been called to safely rescue the child who, the cameras showed, was in an unconscious state. 

Officials said a tunnel was being dug parallel to the borewell to reach the child, while oxygen was supplied to him. Medical teams were also present for emergency services. However, the child did not survive.

The incident took place in Khyala village of Hoshiarpur. According to reports, the child was playing in a field when a few stray dogs started chasing him. He climbed a borewell shaft that was covered with a jute bag; it could not withstand the boy's weight and collapsed and the boy fell into the well.

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann shared the tragic news in a tweet, extending an assistance of 2 lakh to the boy's family.

“6 year old Hrithik from Hoshiarpur died after falling into borewell ..May God give strength to the family .. The loss of the family cannot be repaired.. but we are with them in this hour of grief..I have issued instructions to provide assistance of 2 lakhs to the family,” he wrote in Punjabi.

Mann had earlier said that he was in constant touch with the district administration regarding the child's rescue. “In Hoshiarpur, a 6-year-old boy named Hrithik fell into a borewell. I am in constant touch with the administration ...” he had tweeted.

(with inputs from Punjab bureau)

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