Boy, 2, who spent five days trapped in well dies after finally being rescued
A two-year-old boy who spent five days trapped down a 150-ft deep well was pronounced dead shortly after he was finally rescued.
Fatehveer Singh was reported to be in a serious condition after he was freed from the well – measuring just seven inches (18cm) wide – in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The toddler – who turned two on Monday while he was trapped in the borewell and unable to move – was airlifted to hospital, where he was declared dead after he arrived.
Fatehveer fell into the well last Thursday while he was playing in a field near his family's house in the village of Bhagwanpura in northern India.
His mother called down to him while he was trapped, and family members prayed next to the well.
It led to a desperate effort to keep him alive and free him, but angry villagers have staged a protest criticising authorities for failing to rescue the boy sooner.
Fatehveer was unable to move while he was stuck about 125ft down the well and his face was covered with a jute bag.
A small camera was lowered down the well, showing his hands and part of an arm.
Local media reports said the well was covered with a cloth and the boy accidentally stepped on it and fell in.
The bag fell on him when he slipped into the well.
The rescue team supplied oxygen but the youngster went without food and water.
The team dug a parallel borewell, measuring 36ins (91ins) in diameter, but they were unable to use it and instead brought him out with his hands clamped with a rope, India Today reported.
Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh has called for open borewells to be covered.
He tweeted: "Very sad to hear about the tragic death of young Fatehveer. I pray that Waheguru grants his family the strength to bear this huge loss.
"Have sought reports from all DCs regarding any open bore well so that such terrible accidents can be prevented in the future."
Rohi Singh, the boy's devastated grandfather, claimed the boy died inside the well and questioned why the boy was taken to hospital.
He said: "Why was he taken to the hospital when he is no more."
The grandfather also claimed the boy's body had grievous wounds, according to reports.
He added: "He was pulled out (of the borewell) by using strings."
Angry villagers held a protest and blocked a road as they criticised authorities for failing to bring the boy out sooner.
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