High drama was witnessed on Tuesday evening after a two-and-a-half-year-old boy fell into a 12-foot-deep trench at a construction site in Sector 32. The rescue operation continued for about three hours after which the victim was saved and rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital,Sector 32.
According to the police,the boy did not suffer any external injuries. However,he was under observation.
Apart from the Chandigarh Police,the Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police were called to conduct the rescue operation.
Around 5.30 pm on Tuesday,construction work was in progress at a site near Saupins School in Sector 32. Naveen,the victim,was playing at the site while his parents employed as labourers at the same site were busy working. As the parents lost sight of their kid,he fell into the 12-foot trench meant for placing electrical wires as a part of earthing mechanism.
When the labourers working at the site noticed that the child had fallen into the trench,they called the police. Later,personnel from the Army and ITBP were also called in for the rescue operation. It was a joint operation of the Chandigarh Police and the special forces. Fire brigades and ambulance vans were also present at the site, said DSP (South) Surjit Singh Malik.
With the help of two JCB machines,the rescue operation unit dug a parallel trench next to the one
in which Naveen had fallen. This was done because the trench in which Naveen
fell was too narrow for any adult to go inside and rescue the child. After conducting the rescue operation for about three hours,Naveen was saved and rushed to
UT Adviser K K Sharma and Mayor Subhash Chawla were also present at the spot.