Karnataka borewell tragedy: Hundreds bid tearful adieu to Kaveri

Doctors, who conducted autopsy on the child, suspect that she died soon after she fell.

Published: 26th April 2017 04:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th April 2017 06:41 AM   |  A+A-

Six-year-old girl Kaveri who was stuck at 28 feet in the 400-feet deep borewell was found dead on Monday night; Kaveri Madar (inset) | Express

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ATHANI: Six-year-old Kaveri who died inside a borewell in Athani taluk was laid to rest in Zunzarwad village on Tuesday. Several people from neighbouring villages were present during the last rites of the girl.

The district administration was quick to respond and made all necessary preparations for the last rites.
A team of doctors was waiting at the tragedy site. The administration ensured vehicles to transport her parents and relatives to the burial ground.

The ailing parents of Kaveri who were being treated at a hospital were brought to the burial ground in an ambulance. Later, the mother of Kaveri was shifted to Athani for further treatment.
On Tuesday morning, the family members and relatives performed a ritual at the grave of Kaveri.

Girl may have died on first day

The doctors, who conducted the autopsy on Kaveri, suspect that the death of the girl may have occurred soon after the fall. The mother of girl heard two cries after which Kaveri did not hold onto the sari and rope that was lowered by parents before the rescue team reached the spot.

“However the exact timing of the death will be ascertained once the complete report of autopsy is out,” said the doctor.

An official from the district administration said the rescue teams had doubt about the survival of Kaveri as there was a foul smell emitting near the place where Kaveri was trapped.

“There was no space for the girl to breathe," they said.

We are sorry,  says rescue team

“We are sorry.” These were the words of the rescue team after they handed over the mortal remains of Kaveri to authorities on Monday midnight. “We did our best. The local administration helped us in every way. But sometimes we are too helpless,” said a member from the National Disaster Relief Force.


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