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3-year-old girl trapped in borewell dies

Batala: A three-year-old girl, who had fallen into a 200-foot borewell at Dhira village in Gurdaspur district of Punjab on Wednesday, had died even before the rescue team could reach her.

The body of Dilnaaz Kaur was taken out on Thursday afternoon almost 21 hours after she fell into the borewell. She was taken to a hospital where the doctors declared her dead. The doctors said that Dilnaaz had died about three hours before the rescue team reached her.

The rescue operation was hampered by heavy rains in the area and the inability to the civil authorities to call in the Army team early.

Dilnaaz was visiting her grandparents along with her mother when she fell into the borewell on Wednesday while she was playing at the farmhouse where the borewell was being dug.

The child was stuck at a depth of 33 feet. With the width of the borewell only nine inches, it was difficult to watch the movements of the child, making things tough for those carrying out the rescue operation.

The civil authorities had initially launched the operation with the help of the local police, but realising that it was going to need more expertise to save the child, the J-K Battalion from the nearby Tibri Cantonment was called in.

In 2006, five-year-old Prince, who fell into a 53 feet deep and 1.5 feet wide shaft in Shahbad, Haryana, was saved after two days of rescue operations.

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