Singer Ishmeet Singh apparently drowned when his cries for help was mistaken as “just another prank”.
The 19-year-old Voice of India winner, from a middle-class family in Ludhiana, had gone to Maldives for a promotional event. He drowned in the swimming pool of a Male resort on Tuesday.
The assistant manager of Male’s Chaya Dhonveli resort said Ishmeet was in a jovial mood when he arrived at the hotel sporting black goggles, red T-shirt and a black patka. Malan Robert said Ishmeet apparently entered the pool against the advice of his friends.
Bollywood singer Shaan, host of the reality show and present at the hotel, said minutes before the tragedy Ishmeet was seen at the shallow end of the swimming pool coaxing his fellow singers to join him. Shaan said he was in a “jovial mood” and “…cracking jokes he continued to tease others…accompanying him…. When he started screaming for help, they all thought he was just kidding,” Shaan told HT.
Ishmeet’s body was flown to India on Wednesday. While departing for India, the group said they would come back to Maldives for the sake of Ishmeet. Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said his government would make special arrangements to airlift singer's body from Delhi to Ludhiana.