A six-year-old boy, who fell into a hole as deep as 300 feet on Sunday, died even as he was taken out after a seven-hour rescue operation in the village of Khiala Bulanda near Bairampur in Punjab.
Rithik Roshan’s death is a stark reminder of the same shocking incident two years ago in Sangrur district where two -year -old Fatehvir Singh had died after he fell into an abandoned drill hole 150 feet deep.
Hoshiarpur Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Hans said the entire episode would be investigated because after the Sangrur incident it was decided that no drill holes would be opened in the future.
Rithik was playing in the field and he was climbing the shaft of a drill hole when some wild dogs started chasing him.
The shaft of the nine -inch -wide drill hole was covered with a jute bag and could not withstand the boy’s weight and gave way, causing him to fall into the hole on Sunday morning.
Rithik was taken out of a drill hole in a joint operation conducted by the National Disaster Response Team, Army members and local residents, officials said.
He was taken to a local government hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Local government hospital senior medical officer Dr Sunil Bhagat said the body turned blue and stiff when taken to the hospital.
However, doctors performed resuscitation for more than half an hour and also gave him several life -saving injections, but all their efforts failed.
The boy was stuck at a depth of 74 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 drill hole to monitor the boy’s condition, the official said, adding high -flow oxygen was also provided through the 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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