22-year-old woman drowns while learning to swim in Kolkata pool

  • Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: May 31, 2016 17:23 IST
A woman who had recently started taking swimming lessons died h on Tuesday morning in a swimming pool at Hedua.

A 22-year-old student of Calcutta University drowned on Tuesday morning in a swimming pool at Hedua in North Kolkata triggering allegations of lack of trainers in the club.

Sangita Das, 22, was declared brought dead at Calcutta Medical College after her body was discovered in the pool at Hedua in North Kolkata, police said.

Tuesday was her 16th day of swimming coaching classes, police said.

The woman’s family have accused her trainer Azad Hind Bag Mahila Samity of negligence for her death.

Police officials at Burtolla questioned the trainers and swimming pool authorities, following which the club announced a three-day closure.

The Hedua swimming pool is one of the most popular destinations of aspiring swimmers in North Kolkata. Set up in 1911, the year when the country’s capital shifted from Kolkata to Delhi, it is one of the oldest in the city too.

On Tuesday morning at 5:30 AM, Das reached the pool with her aunt for her swimming lessons. The bell rang after an hour of practice indicating that her session had ended.

“Everyone emerged from the water, but I did not see Sangeeta. Initially I thought that she must have been in the changing room but when all the girls left and I saw her clothes in the changing room. I realised that she might still in the pool, and raised an alarm. It was then that her body was recovered,” said her aunt.

She was immediately rushed to nearby Medical College and Hospital where she was declared “brought dead”.

Locals and Das’ family members. questioned how a student could have ventured into the deeper side of the pool without being noticed by the trainer.

Burtolla police station has registered an unnatural death case, and the family has lodged a complaint too.

Incidentally, this is not the first time when a young girl drowned in the pool. On May 15, 2002 a class IX student of Welland Goldsmith School, Pooja Jalan, too, drowned during the 5.30 am shift. Then too the trainers did not notice that Pooja did not emerge from the water and her body was only recovered once her sister raised an alar,.

Pooja’s family then alleged that the swimming pool was not cleaned regularly and she might have slipped and lost consciousness.

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