TRICHY: People on Tuesday morning bid an emotional farewell to two-and-a half-year B Sujith Wilson who died after being stuck in an abandoned borewell near his home at Nadukattupatti in Trichy district of Tamil Nadu.
The body of the boy, who fell into the borewell on Friday evening, was retrieved around 4am after the rescue operation that lasted more than 80 hours went in vain. The rescue operation saw efforts to drill a 100-foot-deep hole near the borewell using rig machines. The efforts to drill the hole were hampered by the presence of a hard rock around two feet from surface.
The rescue operation was called off around the midnight after a foul smell started emanating from the borewell.
Around 2.30am, secretary of revenue administration, disaster management and mitigation J Radhakrishnan, who was supervising the rescue operations, declared Sujith dead.
#RIPSujith really sad sad morning. Let’s hope such accidents don’t happen again.
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) 1572314173000
Rest in peace little boy. We are Heartbroken. At least now we need to ensure that all open deep bore-wells are clo… https://t.co/DjvZdOmQeT
— Supriya Sahu IAS (@supriyasahuias) 1572318652000
A combined team of the National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force brought Sujith’s body out of the borewell, It was sent to the Manapparai Government Hospital for postmortem.
After the postmortem, around 6 30 am, the body was directly taken to a graveyard at Fathimapudur where the body was kept for two hours for the public to pay homage. The body was laid to rest around 8.30am.
Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi and several others condoled the death of Sujith.
“I express my deepest condolences and sympathies to the bereaved family,” Palaniswami said in a statement.
Recalling that the rules pertaining to sinking of borewells and safety measures were gazetted in 2015, the CM said he had ordered the district collectors to ensure that the rules were adhered to. If there was any negligence, the officials were told to take stringent action against those responsible. “I request people to adhere to necessary safety measures to cover the borewells on their lands to avoid such tragic incidents in the future,” the chief minister said.
The CM said he had ordered ministers C Vijaya Baskar, Vellamandi N Natarajan and Valarmathi, revenue administration commissioner J Radhakrishnan and the Trichy district collector to take all efforts to rescue the boy alive.
The ministers and officials had taken up the exercise day and night, Palaniswami said, detailing the difficulties confronted by the rescue team in drilling a parallel hole near the borewell. The efforts, however, had continued with the help of experts, he said.
“The reports that the child was retrieved dead gave intense pain to me,” the CM said.
He thanked the ministers, officials and public for their determined rescue exercise that lasted more than three days.
Meanwhile, the borewell where Sujith was trapped was closed permanently with concrete mixture.
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