Eight days after she had fallen into a borewell near her home in Alwar, six-year-old Komal Meena’s body was retrieved Wednesday evening, about 191 hours later, in perhaps the longest such operation of its kind.
“We retrieved her body at 4 pm Wednesday. A postmortem was conducted on the spot by a medical board team and the body was handed over to the family,” Rajgarh Sub Divisional Officer Sudarshan Tomar said.
It was around 5 pm on October 11 that Komal had gone missing after which a search was launched by her family and villagers, who found foot marks around the borewell near their home in Barer village in Alwar’s Rajgarh, according to the minor’s father Mukesh Meena.
After unsuccessful attempts by villagers, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel reached the spot the next day, but they also failed to pull up Komal through the borewell.
Komal was stuck at a depth of around 100 feet in the 900-foot deep borewell. Rescue personnel manually dug up the borewell to reach the minor, however, at a slow pace. After only 30 feet could be cleared in three days, officials from the Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation sent a piling machine to dig a 4-foot wide and 120-foot deep hole parallel to the borewell. However, a rock separated the two holes and had to be physically broken by volunteers, who went inside the parallel tunnel. “We are now filling up both the tunnels,” Tomar said.
With the operations ending Wednesday, officials said they will now focus on quick investigation of the case. An FIR was filed at Rajgarh police station Saturday in connection with the case.