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Modi calls up EPS about Sujith, tweets his prayers
Tamil Nadu

Modi calls up EPS about Sujith, tweets his prayers

S Murari

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday telephoned Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami and enquired about the progress in the efforts to save Sujith Wilson, the two -year -old boy trapped in a borewell in Nadukattupatti village in Tiruchi since Friday evening.

In a tweet, Modi said:” My prayers are with the young and brave Sujith Wilson. Spoke to CM @EPSTamilNadu regarding the rescue efforts underway to save Sujith. Every effort is being made to ensure that he is safe. @CMOTamilNadu”

Through the tweet, Modi gently corrected the name of the boy which the media had misspelt for the past three days as Surjeet which prompted cricketer Harbhajan Singh to join the campaign to save his life.

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who tweeted on Sunday to join the prayers all over Tamil Nadu for the boy,  also misspelt his name as Surjeet.

As the two rigs deployed since Sunday drilled up to 46 ft a parallel well adjacent to the one where Sujith lies trapped at a depth of 88 feet, rescue  officials decided to press into service a giant borewell to smash hard rocks to dig the parallel well deeper up to 100 feet .

A Tamil Nadu Fire Service Personnel who got down into the second well through a ladder inspected the rock. On the basis of his feedback, the borewell was adjusted directionally to get optimum benefit in smashing the rock.

So far nearly 70 hours have gone by since the boy slipped into the borewell at 5.40 p.m. on Friday. His further decent has been arrested at 89 feet through an air lock on his two hands which are visible.

The rescue effort is expected to reach the end of the tunnel, as it where, in another three or four hours. Once the second well is dug to the required depth, a horizontal tunnel will be built to access the ill-fated well where the boy is trapped.

Rescue officials also are thinking of sucking up the wet sand which has tigthly wedged the boy.

Though Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar has said there is no sign of life as his breathing sound was last heard at 5.30 a.m. on Saturday, rescuers are hoping against hope to find him unconscious, maybe barely alive and medical teams are on stand by.