On Wednesday, protests took place in various parts of the state, including Sangrur city, Moga, Barnala and Ludhiana. However, it was quiet in Bhagwanpura village where family of Fatehveer had appealed for calm. Villagers here only conducted a candle light march.
The guidelines, issued by the deputy commissioners of all districts, state that anyone who wants to dig a new borewell in a rural or urban area needs to get approval from the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) or block development panchayat officer (BDPO) and district magistrate.
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal led the charge terming the death a “daylight murder” and targetted Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for enjoying holidays in hills at a time when such a tragedy was unfolding.
Soon after the body of two-year-old Fatehveer was pulled out of a 125-ft borewell in an over 100-hr rescue operation that many said was botched, Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on Tuesday asked the deputy commissioners of all districts to get open borewells closed.
The child was rushed to PGI Chandigarh by ambulance, but was declared dead on arrival. The autopsy report said he had died three to four days back due to "hypoxia consequent to suffocation and smothering in a borewell".