Raipur: An 11-year-old boy who fell in an 80-foot borewell in Chhattisgarh’s Janjgir-Champa district on Friday continues for the second consecutive day on Saturday, police said.
A senior official of the district said that the pits parallel to Borewell are being excavated to protect the child and it will take another 12 hours to reach the boy.
Janjgir-Champa police superintendent of police Vijay Agarwal said that deaf and dumb boy Rahul Sahu was conscious and responding. The boy was provided with food and oxygen through a pipe.
“So far, rescuers have drilled 47-foot parallel pits with the help of JCB and Poklane machines. After digging up to about 60 feet we dug across to reach the boy. Because he is deaf and dumb, he is not responding properly which is why it takes so much time. “The rescue operation will continue for another 12 hours,” Agarwal said.
Sahu was playing in an unused borewell in the backyard of his home in the village of Pihrid around 2 pm on Friday afternoon, police said.
“The rescue operation, which started at 4 pm on Friday, is ongoing on a war footing. The National Disaster Management Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Management Force (SDRF) are working with the help of the District and Police personnel, the government said in a statement.
A team of doctors and officers are constantly monitoring the boy’s condition through the camera. The baby was given a banana and biscuits and a pipe was fitted for oxygen supply, an official said.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghale has instructed all district officials and SPs to shut down all borewells to prevent such incidents.
“Officials should take regular stock of borewells abandoned in their districts and ensure such borewells are not closed to prevent such incidents,” the government statement said.
Bagheel tweeted, “We are trying to get the help of robots to protect Rahul. Authorities have been instructed to contact the robot experts of Surat (Gujarat).