Sujith rescue ops hit roadblock, Minister says ‘time to take final decision’

Due to the hard rocks, efforts to rescue two-year-old Sujith, who was trapped inside a borewell in a village in Trichy district, have hit a roadblock.

Speaking to reporters, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar, who is personally monitoring the rescue operations since Friday, said, “I have not seen such hard rocks. We are in a position to take a final decision.”

Revenue Administration Commissioner Radhakrishnan said, “digging works will be continued up to 98 feet. All efforts will be take to save the child. But we want to not give false hopes.”

Frantic rescue operations are on to bring out the boy from an abandoned borewell as people prayed for the well-being of the child. Specialised teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and state Disaster Response Force (SDRF) joined the rescue operations at Nadukattupatti.

The operations continued as crores of people in
the state prayed for the child with political leaders such as Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, DMK president M K Stalin and AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran joining them in wishing that the boy was rescued at the earliest.

“A parallel borewell is being dug… efforts are on… we have a technical team at the spot comprising officials from L&T, ONGC, Neyveli Lignite Corporation,” Radhakrishnan said.

“The Chief Minister has issued orders to ensure that rescue efforts be carried out without any hindrance,” he said and added that nearly 300 people were involved.

Initial efforts to dig a parallel hole to rescue Sujith was brought to a halt over rocky terrain. Four separate robotic devices brought in by expert groups led by Mandikandan from Madurai, Daniel from Namakkal, Sridhar from Coimbatore, and Venkatesh from Chennai also failed to yield results, with the child being firmly lodged in the borewell.