A six-year-old boy, who fell into a 300-foot-deep well on Sunday, died although he was pulled out after a seven-hour rescue operation in the village of Khiala Bulanda near Bairampur in Punjab.
The death of Rithik Roshan is a stark reminder of a similar shocking incident two years ago in Sangrur district, where two-year-old Fatehvir Singh had died after falling into an abandoned 150-foot-deep well.
Sandeep Hans, deputy commissioner of Hoshiarpur, said the entire episode will be investigated as it was decided after the Sangrur incident that no more well would be left open in the future.
Rithik was playing in a field and he was climbing into a well when some stray dogs started chasing him.
The nine-inch-wide well was covered with a burlap bag and could not bear the boy’s weight and gave in, causing him to fall into the well on Sunday morning.
Rithik was extracted from the well in a joint operation conducted by the National Disaster Response Force, military personnel and locals, officials said.
He was taken to a local government hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.
Senior Medical Officer of the Local Government Hospital Dr. Sunil Bhagat said the body had turned blue and was stiff when it was taken to hospital.
However, doctors performed CPR for more than half an hour and also gave him several life-saving injections, but all their efforts failed.
The boy got stuck at a depth of 24 feet, where the pipe was seven inches wide, official sources said.
The boy belonged to a family of migrant workers.
A camera was placed in the well to monitor the boy’s condition, officials said, adding that high-flow oxygen was also delivered through pipes.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann expressed grief over the death. He announced to give Rs 2 lakh as compensation to the boy’s family.
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