The body of a four-year-old was recovered from a borewell in Uttar Pradesh's Mahoba district, 238 kms from Lucknow, almost 18 hours after he fell into it while playing in his village
"After an 18-hour rescue operation, the child was taken out from the borewell in the morning and rushed to the hospital on life support system where doctors declared him dead," District Magistrate Satyendra Kumar said.
Additional Superintendent of Police Rajendra Kumar Gautam said the child was rescued at about 8.30 am on Thursday.
Doctors at the Mahoba district hospital said he could have been dead for at least 6 hours before his body was taken out of the borewell.
"The child may have died about six hours before he was brought to the hospital," said Dr. Gulsher Ahmad, Medical In-charge, Mahoba District Hospital.
Last night, teams of the national disaster response force and the state disaster response force were called in by the district administration in Mahoba, and they used specialised equipment to dig a pit parallel to the 30 feet borewell in which the boy had fallen. They also lowered cameras into the borewell to check for any signs of movement, or life. Hopes of the boy being recovered alive had been fading as the hours went by. When he was finally pulled out this morning, the boy showed no signs of life.
The incident occurred on Wednesday at around 2.30 pm when the boy was playing.
At the time of the incident, his parents were irrigating their field, the police said.