Shillong: Five people died, and two people were injured, in a borewell incident on Monday afternoon in Lumpyrtuh Mihmyntdu, West Jaintia Hills.  

Of the five victims, four choked to death on the spot. One other person was declared brought dead to the hospital. Two people who survived the accident are currently in a state of shock and undergoing treatment. 

Speaking with EastMojo, West Jaintia Hills Superintendent of Police (SP), Bikram Marak said post mortem on the five bodies had been completed. “The bodies have been handed to the families,” mentioned Marak.

On March 29, seven men had entered into a borewell, around 30-35 feet deep with an inlet of 3×3 square feet. The men who had entered the borewell to clean it using a diesel-operated water pump were later trapped inside. The owner of the construction site, where the incident occurred, was one among the five deceased.  

Marak said that they are yet to receive the post mortem report, but on first impressions, it seems that the men may have fallen unconscious and drowned due to the smoke emission from the water pump running to clean the borewell.

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