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Boy falls into 300-foot-deep borewell; rescue efforts on

BAGALKOT: A six-year-old boy fell into an open borewell in his family’s sugarcane field in Sulikeri village of Badami taluk on Sunday afternoon.

The Bagalkot district administration swung into action to rescue Timmanna Hanamant Hatti, who fell 160ft into the nearly 300-foot-deep well. Timmanna, a class 1 student, is the only son of Hanamant and Sangavva Hatti.

Deputy commissioner PA Meghannavar, who is leading the rescue team, said, “The entire administration is engaged in the rescue. The fire force is here. Oxygen is being supplied to the child through pipes. A camera has been lowered into the well, and we are keeping a watch on him. He is responding to our medical team.”

According to the camera, Timmanna is stuck 160ft underground, district administrative chief Meghannavar said.

Three earth movers, as many tippers and a Hitachi machine are at the spot to dig up earth at a distance of 10ft from the well. SP Yada Martin said the operation will continue through the night. “Our policemen are trying to control the crowd squatting all over the field. A special rescue team from Sangli is arriving here anytime.”

Chief minister Siddaramaiah held discussions on the issue with chief secretary Kaushik Mukherjee. Mukherjee told TOI that a special team of the Karnataka Disaster Management Authority was being sent to Bagalkot by a special flight to oversee the rescue operations.

“The special flight cannot land in %Bagalkot, and the nearest airport is %Belgaum. I’ve asked the Belgaum airport to be kept open all night for the %special flight. A rescue party has also left by road, but will take at least 7-8 hours to reach,” Mukherjee said.

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