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Boy in bore-well brought out dead

The state government has announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh for his family, report Bhanu Pratap Singh and KS Tomar.
Hindustan Times | By Bhanu Pratap Singh/KS Tomar, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2007 02:26 AM IST

Five-year-old Suraj did not survive his ordeal in the 100-feet bore-well into which he accidentally fell while playing on Wednesday.

"The boy died due to asphyxia," SMS Hospital deputy superintendent SS Ranawat told the Hindustan Times on Friday night. The state government has announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh for his family.

Medical superintendent NS Shekhawat said Suraj was brought dead to the hospital. A team of doctors will carry out a post-mortem to ascertain the exact cause.

Suraj was stuck nearly 100-feet deep in an abandoned tube-well at Nimeda-Ramsar village, 25 kilometers from in Jaipur. He could not be fed or given water for the last two days.

The Jaipur district administration and Army engineers worked for 52 hours and pulled him out late on Friday night. They spent 33 crucial hours digging a parallel well to rescue Suraj. But bad terrain below 70-feet forced them to change strategy and pull out the 8-inch tube-well pipe in which he was stuck instead.

On Friday morning, two pits were drilled parallel to the tube-well to loosen the sand to facilitate pulling out the iron-pipe with hydraulic jacks and cranes.

The pipe was pulled out in parts. First 15 feet of it was pulled out and cut at a joint. Then 20 feet more was pulled and cut. They got to Suraj in the fourth part (between 80-feet and 100-feet) at around 8.30 pm. It started raining heavily when the final part of the pipe was being pulled, but rescuers continued their work.

By 8.45 pm, Suraj was rushed to Jaipur’s SMS Hospital, where officials avoided confirming if he was alive.

"Chances are very bleak but the final word will be from the doctors," Jaipur Collector Akhil Arora told the Hindustan Times when an ambulance carried the boy to the hospital at least 25 km from the spot.

During the day, villagers performed a yajna close to the accident site to pray for Suraj’s safety. People held prayers for the boy at temples and mosques across the state on Thursday and Friday.

On Thursday evening, a crane that was assisting in the rescue efforts ran over and crushed a local man.

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