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Toddler pulled out dead from borewell shaft, villagers bid tearful farewell

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Sangrur (Punjab): A village here bid a final farewell yesterday to two-year-old Fatehvir Singh, pulled out dead from a borewell shaft after an unsuccessful rescue operation which lasted over four days.

Family members and other residents of Bhagwanpura village in Sangrur district struggled to hold back tears as the toddler's body was placed in a small wooden coffin before being consigned to the flames.

Rescue workers pulled out the toddler at 4.45 am, after he had remained stuck in the shaft for nearly 110 hours, an official said.

An ambulance, with doctors and a life-support ventilator on board rushed him to the PGIMER in Chandigarh, about 130 km away. Doctors there declared him dead on arrival.
A post-mortem said he had been dead for some days.

The body was then flown back to the village in a helicopter arranged by the Punjab government.

Opposition parties have accused the state government of “negligence”.

The child turned two on Monday, when he was still stuck at the depth of 125 feet in the 150-foot borewell shaft.

Rescue workers had dug along the shaft to reach the boy.

Fatehvir was rushed to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh in an ambulance, amid police security, Sangrur Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori told PTI.

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