The two-year-old boy who was stuck in an abandoned borewell near Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu since Friday, is dead, an official said today. Commissioner of Revenue Administration J Radhakrishnan said the body of the child was “dismembered” and in a “highly decomposed” state. He said efforts are on to retrieve the mortal remains of the child in the early hours of today. Radhakrishnan said those posted near the borewell observed foul smell around 10.30 pm yesterday following which medical personnel and teams of the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force assessed the situation. Earlier yesterday, a heavy German-made drilling machine was deployed to dig a parallel shaft to reach the boy stuck at a depth of 88 feet, but rescue efforts were hampered by rocky soil and rain. Two Fire and Rescue Services personnel were lowered into the freshly drilled shaft, using a ladder and with all necessary support like oxygen, for initial assessment of the condition inside.
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