Two final-year college students from Bhandup drowned in the swimming pool of a farmhouse in Raigad where they were on a picnic on Friday.
The deceased, Nilesh Vane and Aniruddh Thakur, were accompanied by at least 100 other students who were on a picnic organised by their Bhandup-based coaching classes. The picnic was being held at SP farmhouse at Pen, Raigad.
Nilesh and Aniruddh, both 20 year old, resided at Sarvodaya Nagar in Bhandup West. Nilesh’s father, Shantaram Vane, 53, who works as a security guard at the Milan Mall in Santacruz, regrets the fact that he permitted his son to go for the picnic.
“I lost my ailing father earlier this month. A few days after that, Nilesh asked me for permission to go to Shirdi where his coaching class was going for a picnic. I did not allow him that time. He was very upset since then,” said Vane.
“He [Nilesh] got to know that after Shirdi, the group was planning to head to a farmhouse at Raigad. He asked me if he could join the group there. With some reluctance, I allowed him to go. That was the last time I saw him.”
Complaining about the farmhouse’s apparent breach of security norms, Vane said: “According to my son’s friends the swimming pool there was around nine feet deep. My son and Aniruddh had gone to the pool with other boys. When they realised that Nilesh and Aniruddh were missing, they started looking out for them and later found their bodies in the pool. No lifeguards were present. Had the security measures been followed, my son would have been alive today.”
The family has not registered a police complaint as they are in a state of shock. “We will approach the police after the final rites are performed,” Vane said.
Sub-inspector SM Gadkari from Bhandup police station said: “We are aware of the incident. A complaint will be registered at Pen where the incident took place. We have given them the No Objection Certificate to claim the body.”