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Elderly woman pulled out of manhole – after she fell, spent all night inside (video)

A 75-year-old woman was rescued from a 20-feet deep manhole in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, after she fell into it and spent the whole night inside.  Dukhi Jethy spent nearly 12 hours in the manhole crying aloud for help.  A CCTV footage of the incident shows Dukhi walking on a road in the Old Town area at 8 pm on August 25. She fails to notice an open manhole and slips inside after stepping on it.  As it was raining and dark, no one noticed her falling into the pit.

Staff correspondent, NewsCrunch

A 75-year-old woman was rescued from a 20-feet deep manhole in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, after she fell into it and spent the whole night inside.

Dukhi Jethy spent nearly 12 hours in the manhole crying aloud for help.

A CCTV footage of the incident shows Dukhi walking on a road in the Old Town area at 8 pm on August 25. She fails to notice an open manhole and slips inside after stepping on it.

As it was raining and dark, no one noticed her falling into the pit.

The local residents had placed a bamboo pole inside the manhole and tied a piece of cloth to it to alert people using the road about the danger.

On the morning of August 27, a few passers-by saw the bamboo pole shaking and peeped inside. 

They saw a traumatised Dukhi shouting from inside and shaking the pole to draw attention.

They immediately called the fire brigade, which rescued her in a delicate operation lasting an hour. 

A fireman was lowered inside with a chair and the woman was placed on it and pulled up.  

Ramesh Majhi, a fire brigade official, told local media: “She was completely traumatised and had sustained injuries on her head. We immediately rushed her to the Capital Hospital."

Dukhi’s family members had begun searching for her through the night after she failed to return home. They rushed to the hospital after a neighbour informed them that she had been rescued from a manhole.

Local residents said that the city officials had ignored their complaints about the open manhole for over six months.

On August 28, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) sought a report on the incident from the city government.

A petitioner has filed a complaint before OHRC seeking compensation of Rs 5 lakh to Dukhi pleading that she was a victim of official negligence.

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