UP: Well caves in after 2 men climb in to retrieve bricks, one dies | Agra News


AGRA The well on Ashraf Mansoori’s farm had run dry for months. On Thursday morning, he decided to retrieve the bricks and a motor that he thought he could repurpose. The 60-year-old from Farrukhabad’s Alepur village engaged help from a labourer, Nandan Lodhi, 55, and the two climbed into the well. But removing bricks from the base was a dangerous idea — the well caved in, crushing both. Nandan didn’t make it.
“It was a 40-foot-deep well,” sub-divisional magistrate Anil Kumar said. In what is common practice before shutting a well, the two had climbed in with a bucket attached to a rope, held by Ashraf’s son-in-law Mohd Fakruddin who was waiting above. They would empty bricks into the bucket and he would pull it up. Around 8am, Fakruddin felt the ground shift and, before he knew it, the well had collapsed.
“Shyam Sundar, a labourer working nearby, heard cries for help and ran. But when he got there, he got stuck too. Locals were able to drag him out,” a police official said. District authorities were informed — Ashraf and Nandan were still buried. “We got in three excavators to rescue them. It took four hours and we were able to get them out. But Nandan did not survive,” additional SP Ajay Pratap told TOI.
Ashraf was still breathing. He was taken to a hospital and, by evening, was out of danger. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath had asked the district magistrate to ensure proper treatment for Ashraf.
Nandan was a small farmer, with two sons — Pankaj, a contractual employee with the nagar panchayat, and Shivam, a 15-year-old who would often accompany his father when he went out for odd jobs like this one. He hadn’t stepped out with his father on Thursday.

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