Narrating his ordeal, Sukhram, a laborer who reached his village in Jharkhand after being safely pulled out of the Sulkiara tunnel in Uttarkashi for 17 days, said that games like ‘thieves soldier’ kept him alive in the tunnel for a long time. Recalling the incident, Sukhram, a resident of Khairabida village on the outskirts of Ranchi, said that suddenly he heard thunder, but by the time he understood it, panic had spread. Sukhram reached his home late at one o’clock on Friday night, where he received a warm welcome.
Play games like king queen and thief soldier.
Speaking to news agency ‘PTI-Bhasha’, Sukhram said, “Childhood games like Raja Rani and Chor Sahai kept us alive and helped us overcome the frustration and disappointment of the early days.” “We were working hard inside the tunnel. When suddenly we heard thunder and we were very scared. We stood shocked and scared. It shocked us and many of us thought it was the end. Sukhram said that he sent a signal to the people trapped inside by cutting the pipe carrying sewage outside the ‘gas cutter’.
Food and drink became available through pipes.
“As soon as contact was made with the outside, there was hope and soon we started getting food items like ‘mori’ (rice slag), cashews and raisins through a pipe,” he said. Sukhram said. In the early days the ‘mori’ or ‘marmora’ and dry fruits sent inside the tunnel were dirty, but they cleaned them with a ‘sieve’ made to separate the gravel from the sand. He said that whatever was sent would be distributed among the 41 people trapped inside. Start
Initially, water dripping from rocks was used.
He said that for water they initially depended on water dripping from rocks and sometimes played sports. He said that the workers trapped in the tunnel would sometimes talk about their families and sometimes think about their future. “All the sports we played as children came to save us,” said Sukhram. Started getting through the big pipe.
‘We are deeply grateful to the people of the country’
“We had no other way to defecate inside the tunnel,” he said. It was carried to the farthest side and then covered with mud.” An emotional Sukhram said, “Praying became our routine and finally God heard us. We cannot describe our joy at coming out alive, and what gives us greater satisfaction is that the people outside were happier than we were. We express our sincere gratitude to the people of the country and special thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Hemant Soren who have assured us of employment opportunities here.
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