Gas Discharge from Well Kills 2

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6 Rescuers Get Trapped, Hospitalized 

Srinagar: Two persons died after inhaling poisonous gas while cleaning a well in Magam area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district. Six others, who had gone to rescue them, have also been hospitalized.   

Witnesses said that cousins Mohammad Hanief Lone and Naseer Ahmad got trapped after falling unconscious due to gas leakage from a water motor inside a well they were digging in Badran, Magam. Soon three more persons jumped into the well to rescue the duo. They too fell unconscious and did not come out from it, the witnesses said.

Three more persons later jumped for rescue but they too failed to come out of the well.

As the news about the eight persons trapped inside the well spread in the area, hundreds of villagers reached there. Subsequently, a police team also reached to the spot and later evacuated all the eight persons from the well, the official said.

He said that Nisar son of Abdul Rashid Lone and Haneef son of Abdul Hamid Lone who initially went inside the well were declared brought dead by the doctors on arrival and the remaining six persons were shifted to a nearby Sub-District hospital Magam in an unconscious state.

The official identified them as Bilal Ahmad Lone son of Ghulam Mohammad, Riyaz Ahmad Lone son of Sonaullah, Merajudin son of Mohammad Afzal are undergoing treatment at SDH Magam and the remaining three have been identified as Abdul Majeed Lone son of Abdul Rehman, Ishfaq Ahmad Rather son of Abdul Aziz and Abdul Majeed Waza son of Ahmadullah were later removed to SKIMS Soura for specialized treatment.

Meanwhile, a pall of gloom descended in the village following the deaths of two persons. 

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