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Teenager’s body pulled out of well in Tripura

Agartala, Feb. 21: The body of a teenager who fell into a 70-foot-deep well over 40 hours ago, was pulled out today in Tripura West district.

The body of Santosh Bhowmik, 16, was recovered from his native village of Harihardola this morning by police and ONGC personnel who had dug the well to draw water for one of their drilling sites.

Official sources said Santosh, a student of Class IX in Konaban High School under Bishalgarh subdivision, had gone to the field to bring home their cow on Thursday afternoon. On his way back, he fell into the well.

On hearing him scream, some villagers reached the vicinity of the abandoned well and informed the police, who then informed the ONGC authorities. But neither could rescue the boy.

The sub-divisional administration in Bishalgarh deployed TSR jawans as tension prevailed in the area.

Security personnel, who reached the area last evening with dragon lights, spotted the boy lying senseless in the well.

But still no rescue operation could be launched.

Finally a hooked ladder was dropped down the well this morning around 11 and Santosh’s body was pulled out.

The body has been sent for post-mortem.

Earlier, the ONGC used to cap wells, leaving provision for future wells. However, it has decided to close the wells permanently after the accident.

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