Two brothers die when desilting deep well

Cuttack: Two brothers while trying to desilt a deep well died of asphyxiation in Kazi Patna village, about 10 km from here, the police said today.

They were identified as Sk Habib Mirza (30) and his younger brother 27-year-old Sk Hamil Mirza. The bodies were retrieved from the 20-feet deep well by fire brigade personnel and sent or post mortem to SCB medical college and hospital, the police added.

Eye witnesses said Habib entered into the well yesterday to remove the silt and slush from the old well which was not cleaned for past several years. While Habib was in touch with his younger brother Hamil, who was guiding him from the top, suddenly there was no response from Habib after some time spreading panic among the onlookers at the top.

"Without taking any precautions, Hamil then plunged into the well. Trying unsuccessfully to rescue his brother, Hamil too did not respond after a while, said a relative of the victims.

Fire brigade personnel who arrived at the spot fished out the bodies of the brothers with the help of locals, police said.