Efforts to rescue six-year-old Komal Meena, who fell into a borewell in Alwar’s Rajgarh town on Tuesday evening around 6 PM, entered the fourth day on Friday with the digging reaching just the halfway mark around the depth where she is stuck, police said.
While the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had been called Wednesday morning, the Army was called in Thursday morning. Initially, the NDRF had tried to get through to Komal through the borewell, while Army officials suggested digging around the borewell.
Since Thursday, excavators have been busy digging around the borewell. From an initial two, four excavators are now working round the clock, apart from five dumper trucks to carry the earth away from the site.
“However, the digging has just reached around 50 feet,” said Additional SP, Rural, Suresh Kheenchi. Komal is said to be stuck at a depth of around 100 feet in the borewell, which has a total depth of 900 feet. He said it cannot still be ascertained as to when the excavators or the rescue team will reach Komal.
Dinesh, a local, said that when she had gone missing on Tuesday evening, they searched all around, in the fields, wells, and in nearby villages. “Then someone found the tiny hand and foot marks around the borewell and that’s how we located her,” he said.
“For around 12 hours, we tried to lock her arm in a hook and pull her up, but were unsuccessful, before the NDRF and then the Army took over,” he said.
Rajgarh Station House Officer Rajiv Rahar said that as per girl’s father, Mukesh Meena, Komal was playing with her brother Rohit in their village Barer, when she fell into the borewell Tuesday evening. The police was informed around 10 pm, following which rescue operations were initiated.
Officials concede that chances of Komal’s survival are very slim as there is no movement in the arm. “There are hundreds of villagers keeping a vigil, we want to retrieve her or her body at the earliest,” Kheenchi said. Apart from Army, NDRF, officials from Public Health Engineering Department, civil defence, the administration and the police are doing their bit with rescue efforts.