ITANAGAR, June 9 - Four persons, including a father-son duo, lost their lives apparently due to suffocation while cleaning a well in a village located on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh boundary.
The tragic incident occurred in the border Durpang-1 village, Chessa, under the Banderdewa circle of Papum Pare district this morning, the police said.
The deceased have been identified as Techi Kojum (24), Mani Kumar Deori (37), Sukroraju Chakma (48) and his son, Ajay Chakma (28).
Itanagar Capital Complex SP Tumme Amo said that one Techi Galo had asked Mani Kumar Deori of Jaipur Pichola village, Deorigaon, Assam, to clean his well at Durpang-1 village.
When Deori fainted inside the well, Techi Kojum, brother of Techi Galo, tried to save him. But he also fell unconscious in the well. Later, Ajay Chakma went inside the well to rescue them, but he also could not come out. His father, Sukroraju Chakma, then went down into the well and met with the same fate, the SP said.
Two bodies have so far been recovered with the help of Assam SDRF, police personnel of Narayanpur Police Station, police personnel of Chessa outpost and local residents, Amo said.
It is suspected that the series of deaths occurred due to insufficient oxygen inside the well, the SP said. An unnatural death case has been registered at the Banderdewa Police Station, he added.