BIJAPUR: The 4 year-old girl from Karnataka who fell into the borewell was trapped for over 48 hours. The rescue operation begun in full force only to land up in vain, the girl was dead when they found her 26 feet deep at 10 pm on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, members of the rescue team as well as district incharge minister MB Patil had hinted that the chances of the girl's survival appeared slim. The grueling rescue operation that began at 9.30pm on Tuesday was coordinated by several teams, hampered by the presence of hard rocks and intermittent rain and driven only by hope.
The body had almost started decomposing, District Health Officer Gundappa told reporters on a news channel, shortly after the rescue team pulled her out from the nearly 300 feet borewell in a farm.
Rescuers dug a parallel well and drilled a horizontal tunnel to reach the girl, who met with the tragedy while she was following her father, a labourer in the farm. Iron shafts were inserted under the spot where Akshata was stuck to prevent her from sliding down further, officials said.
The news came as huge shock to the family of Akshata and villagers of Nagathana who had been waiting with bated breath since Tuesday night hoping to see rescuers pull the child out alive. Akshata's body was shifted to Bijapur district hospital for post-mortem following which it will be handed over to Hanumant Patil, Akshata's father and farm labourer.
The cremation will happen later at Patil's native Vatare village in Jewargi taluk in Gulbarga district. Akshata is survived by her parents and eight-year-old sister....