Friday, July 28, 2006
The Prince of Kurukshetra
Prince, who turned 6 during the ordeal, had fallen into the deep, narrow shaft that was left uncovered by workers in Haldheri village on friday evening while he was playing near it.
The shaft had been dug for a submersible tube well.
Experts from the 65 Engineer Regiment of the Army’s Ambala-based 2 Corps supervised the rescue operation.
Officials said Prince displayed "tremendous survival instincts" by remaining calm in the pit, something that also made the task of the rescuers easier.Army personnel dug a 56-feet deep, 15-feet wide parallel tunnel from a dried up well alongside the shaft to rescue Prince after almost 50 hours
A soldier finally reached Prince a little before 1900 hrs IST. The tunnel was then widened so that the boy could be pulled to safety.
The rescuer first provided the kid with food and glucose and a doctor examined him before he was brought up.
A doctor said Prince might need counseling to overcome the trauma of being trapped in a pit for so long, but pictures beamed by CCTV cameras showed his condition improved as the rescuers boosted his morale.
In a country with a population of over a 100 million, the life of a 6 year old boy from a humble background, doesnt seem worth much.But the Army and the Government's efforts to save the life of one, such as Prince is commendable, although it wouldnt be given the same consideration without the intervention of the media according to me. Therefore the efforts of the media in bringing this story to the forefront and covering it so extensively at the cost of their air time must also be applauded.
(Although some B- grade news channels overdid it as always.)
The boy himself must be applauded for holding on to life for so long and not losing his head when all about him were losing theirs. (Not everybody mind you, but over-eager journalists and by-standers of-course)
The 65 engineer regiment of Ambala worked day and night to rescue the boy.Surprisingly no media person was eager to interview them, but they harried the boy's parents who were as confused as everyone else.
Anyway after 2 long days of digging and shoving, Prince was rescued from the pit of death, and finally emerged victorious in the battle of life in kurukshetra [incidentally.(?!!!)]
AS THEY SAY:-
ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL!!!