Four youths were feared to have drowned in Tikkar Taal in Morni on Sunday evening while they were bathing in the lake.
Local divers pressed into action recovered the body of one of the victims, which is yet to be identified. The search operation had to be called off at night due to poor visibility.
The four youths were spotted bathing in the lake on Sunday afternoon and were warned against it by tourist department officials. However, they paid no heed to the repeated warnings.
At around 5 pm, labourers working at a site near the tourist spot found the clothes and shoes of four persons near the lake and informed the police and tourist department officials about it. Subsequently, local divers were pressed into action to conduct a search operation.
Morni police post incharge ASI Paramjit Mand said the search operation would resume on Monday morning. "We are trying to ascertain the victim's identity," he said.
The other three have, however, been identified. Two were identified on the basis of the registration numbers of their motorcycles. They include Jatin, a resident of Housing Board Colony, Sector 26, Panchkula, and Jaswinder, a resident of Mogianand Police Lines, Sector 26, Panchkula. The fourth youth, Anup (20), is also a resident of Housing Board Colony, Sector 26, Panchkula. The fathers of both Anup and Jatin are government employees.
Jaswinder, son of Brijender Rana, an ASI posted at the Sector 21 police station in Panchkula, was pursuing graduation from the government college in Sector 11, Chandigarh. His mother, a heart patient, has not been informed about the incident.
Tourist department official Rajan Arora said they have put up boards warning visitors against swimming in the lake.
The body has been taken to the civil hospital in Sector 6 for post-mortem examination.
Not the first time
In June 2011, 23-year-old Neeraj Mani had drowned in the lake. In another incident, Gurmeet Singh of Nada village near Panchkula lost his life while swimming in the lake on March 2, 2010.
Despite drowning incidents in the past, the Haryana tourism department has not kept a lifeguard at Tikkar Taal, which attracts a large number of visitors on weekends. The officials have called another team of divers from Karnal.