Nagaland: Minor falls into underground drain in Kohima, rescued unharmed

Morung Express news 
Kohima | April 22

A minor boy, who fell into a narrow underground drainage, was rescued unharmed after a nearly one-hour operation this morning in Kohima. 

The Deputy Commissioner of Kohima, Kumar Ramnikant told The Morung Express that information regarding the incident was received at around 9:15 am.

The minor, aged around 11 years, reportedly, slipped into an underground drain near Old NST terminal, Kohima. 

Accordingly, the information was authenticated, and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), which was put on the task, reached the site at around 9:35 AM, he said.

The boy was safely rescued without any physical harm or injury in around an hour-long operation, he added.

While the reason for how the minor went inside the drainage was not known, the boy, after being retrieved, was said to be in a state of trauma.

"With the help of an ambulance from Kohima Hospital, the boy was taken to Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) for treatment," Ramnikant informed. 

The boy’s uncle, as well as the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and District Child Protection Unit, were also informed about the incident, he said. "Once the boy comes out of the trauma, then only, he will be able to tell us what happened," he later added.

Apart from SDRF, the Police, 13th Assam Rifles, Fire and Emergency Services, Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) also assisted in the rescue operation. The CWC Chairman Rokokieto also informed this newspaper that as the incident concerns a minor, a detailed follow-up would be taken after the child becomes stable and comes out of medical facility.

A special inquiry will be undertaken to ascertain how the incident occurred considering the fact that the child is a minor who may be in need of protection and care, the chairman added. 

The boy is said to be residing with a guardian in Kohima.