MUMBAI – A two-year-old boy who fell into a well while playing outside his house in southern India died during an 80-hour-long rescue operation, state authorities said on Tuesday.
Sujith Wilson fell into the deep open well on Oct. 25.
Last week, state authorities dug a hole parallel to that in which Wilson had fallen in a bid to reach him. Rescuers pumped in oxygen only to find the child’s decomposing body.
The death provoked anger in Wilson’s village of Nadukattupatti in Tamil Nadu state, where villagers monitored the rescue attempt and later attended the boy’s funeral.
The boy’s family accused the local government of “negligent behaviour” but officials said rescue teams made all possible efforts to pull the child out.