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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Rahul Sahu, the 11-year-old teen who was miraculously rescued from a borewell after a gruelling 104 hours of operation at Pihrid village in Chhattisgarh’s Janjgir-Champa district, received a rousing welcome at his village on Saturday upon his arrival after he was discharged from hospital.

The Pihrid village resembled the Badadanda in Puri with ‘Jay Jagannath’ chants and the beating of gongs reverberating the atmosphere when Sahu was brought in on a chariot.

The villagers, particularly his parents were happy beyond words on his arrival.

Rahul’s mother who accompanied him from the hospital said, “I am thankful to all the administrative officials and doctors who helped my boy recover from that trauma.”

“I am very happy that my boy is returning home after winning the battle against death,” she said.

Similarly, his father was ecstatic with the welcome the villagers and administration bestowed upon his son. Speaking to the reporters, he said, “The atmosphere here today is electrifying. People have gone to lengths to welcome my son to the village.”

“I will leave no stone unturned to make him feel loved and cared,” his father added.

The Sub-Collector also came down to the village to see Rahul off. “We have made elaborate arrangements for him here at the village with a medical officer stationed at this village to oversee his recovery.”

“We will ensure that Rahul gets all the necessary medical attention here at his home,” the sub-collector said.

Rahul while playing had fallen into an 80-foot-deep abandoned borewell in the Phirid village of Janjgir-Champa district on June 10.

Notably, a massive operation was launched by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from Odisha, state disaster response force (SDRF) and Indian Army jawans to rescue Rahul from the borewell. A robotics team from Gujarat was also part of the rescue operation. Following his rescue, Chhattisgarh government heaped praise on the NDRF team of Odisha for playing a pivotal role in rescuing Rahul.

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