11 people lost lives, 19 rescued in Madhya Pradesh well tragedy

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The killer well.

As many as 11 people lost their lives in a tragic incident after 30 people fell into a well while trying to rescue a 13-year-old boy who accidentally had fallen into the well in the Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh on Thursday night.

The incident took place at Lal Patar village in Ganj Basoda area, about 50 km from the district headquarters. According to villagers, the well is around 50-ft deep with a water level of about 20 feet.

According to police, 19 people who fell into the well have been rescued.

An eye witness said that a teenaged boy fell into the well on Thursday night. Some people climbed down the well to rescue him and others stood on the surrounding parapet to help them.

The parapet collapsed under the weight of the people and all of them fell into the well, local people said.

Thereafter, a tractor deployed for the rescue operation skidded into the well with four policemen. However, they rescued 19 people from drowning in the well.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister, through a Twitter post on Friday expressed his condolences over the deaths. He also announced an assistance of ₹ 2 lakh each for the families of those who died.

Earlier, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said those rescued are undergoing treatment at hospitals in Vidisha and Basoda.

The Chief Minister announced in a Twitter post that the families of those 11 people who lost their lives in the incident will be provided with a compensation of ₹ 5 lakh each. The government will ensure the treatment of those injured and provide each of them with the assistance of ₹ 50,000, he added.

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