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Free education for Prince

Luck has been smiling on six-year-old Prince since the nation watched him being rescued from a 60-feet deep pit last week with Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday announcing free education for him and declaring his village a model village.

A week after the country watched the dramatic rescue operation, the Chief Minister visited Prince’s family at his residence here and enquired about the child’s health even as residents of the village gathered to thank everyone, particularly the army, for pitching in to save him.

The villagers started gathering since early morning at the Gurudwara, which lies at a stone’s throw from the narrow pit where Prince had fallen on the evening of July 21 before being pulled out in a well-executed operation.

An ‘Akhand Paath’ was organised at the Gurudwara and people offered prayers and thanked all those who had chipped in with their contribution in the rescue effort.

Hooda said that developmental works involving an investment of about Rs 20 lakh would be implemented in the village and it would be given a facelift.

The Chief Minister, who had last Sunday spent several hours at the site where massive rescue efforts had been launched to pull out Prince from the pit, also announced cash awards for all those who had made significant contributions towards saving the life of the child, whose well being had concerned the entire country.

Hooda announced a cash award of Rs 51,000 for Anil Sharma, who had brought out the child and rewards of Rs 51,000 to workers of a sugar-mill for making a device which played a vital role in the rescue operation.

He also announced to give Rs 11,000 each to Ram Karan, Jaswant, Capt P K Upadhya, Surinder Kumar and announced Rs 21,000 for Assistant Sub Inspector Amar Nath.

The Chief Minister described prince as the “brave child of Haryana”.

Brig J S Mann, the Chief Coordinator of the rescue operation said, “it was a precarious situation. The child had to be kept alive. Even if it took a bit longer, we were always optimistic that we will bring out Prince safely. We thought it is better to go slow, but proceed confidently and with surety.”

“The CCTV also helped us a lot. It gave us the feedback which we required about the child’s condition,” he said.

Prince’s mother Karamjeet could not stop smiling and thanked the entire nation for praying for the safety of her child.

She said that Prince, who clung to her while she spoke, once in a while talks about having been trapped inside a deep dark pit, but generally he behaves his normal self.

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