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Bagalkot borewell tragedy: Father wants rescue efforts to end

Bagalkot borewell tragedy: Father wants rescue efforts to end
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Rescue efforts were on for the third day on Tuesday to pull out a six-year-old boy trapped in a borewell at a farm in nearby Sulikeri village, even as his father pleaded for stopping the operation, fearing the worst for his son.

Bagalkot (Karnataka): Rescue efforts were on for the third day on Tuesday to pull out a six-year-old boy trapped in a borewell at a farm in nearby Sulikeri village, even as his father pleaded for stopping the operation, fearing the worst for his son.

District officials said 70-75 ft trench has been dug so far to gain access to Thimmanna Hatti, who is trapped at a depth of 160 feet in the 300-ft borewell.
Vacuum pump has been brought from Bagalkot municipal corporation to clear the mud covering the boy, officials said.
The boy’s distraught father Hanumantha Hatti sought to stop the rescue operations to dig a parallel, pit-cum-tunnel, saying he is almost certain his son is no more.
“I won’t get back my son alive after all this th-at is being done. I should at least save my land for the future of my two daughters,” he told reporters, as nearly three lakh cubic metres of mud had been dug covering good part of the farm, which has also been thronged by hundreds of people.
“To get this pit closed, I may have to again go for huge loan. With great difficulty I have come to this decision. Let this work be stopped,” he said.
District in-charge S.R. Patil, who is overseeing the operation, said, “The father is in great pain, He is saying all this may be in emotional mood of not being able to save his son and also seeing his land being dug up.”
But, he said, “The government cannot take decision like that. We have a job to do and that is to bring back the boy, for now the rescue operations will continue.”
A robotic equipment team from Madurai is being roped in to help in rescue operation, officials said.
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