Agra, Mar 26: Army's help has been sought to rescue the two-year-old girl Vandana who fell into a 45-foot borewell at Tehra village in Agra on Tuesday night while playing with her friends. The rescue operation started soon after the villagers complained about the incident to the authorities.
The Army and the civil authorities have so far succeeded in sending in oxygen for the girl with the help of a tube. Armed personnel manning the rescue operation said that the child was breathing and could be heard crying. Agra Commissioner Sitaram Meena said, "The rescue team has managed to dig a 40-feet hole. I think it is just a matter of another two hours before the child can be pulled out to safety." Agra District Magistrate Mukesh Kumar Meshram said, "We have been able to provide the child with glucose water and biscuits. She is conscious right now. Work is also being done to dig a parallel well as an alternative means of rescue."
Earlier, in a similar incident, a five-year-old boy, Prince, fell into a 53 feet and 1.5 wide shaft in Shahbad, Haryana in July 2006. He was rescued from the pit after over two days of continuous rescue operations by the Army.
Army personnel had dug up a 56-feet deep, 15-feet wide parallel tunnel from a dried up well alongside the shaft to rescue Prince after almost 50 hours.Later, three more similar incidents were also reported in Madhya Pradesh.