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Sonu brought out of borewell, dead

October 13, 2008 11:59 IST
Last Updated: October 13, 2008 12:57 IST

The lifeless body of two-year-old Sonu was on Monday pulled out by rescue workers, four days after he fell into a 150-ft deep borewell that was carelessly left uncovered allegedly by district authorities in Shamsabad town in Agra [Images], Uttar Pradesh [Images].

View: Sonu did not fall into the borewell

Army and paramilitary personnel had joined locals in digging a parallel tunnel soon after the incident on Thursday in Lehrakapura village but the rescue work was hampered by frequent mudslides due to the soggy nature of the soil as the site was located near a pond.

"He is no more," S N Medical College Principal N C Prajapati said after the boy was examined at the district hospital. The body has been sent for post mortem.

The child was stuck in the borewell at the depth of about 70-ft for the last 98 hours. No movement had been noticed or any sound heard from him two hours after he fell into the well, rescue workers said.

The district administration has already ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. It has also suspended two officials of the Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam for negligence as they had allegedly left the borewell uncovered.

This is the second such incident in the district in four months. A two-year-old girl Vandana had fallen into a bore well and was rescued after over 26 hours of efforts.

In 2006, a kid named Prince had fallen into a borewell and was rescued after two days of tremendous efforts by army and district authorities in Kurukshetra in Haryana.

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