In their craze for taking selfies, seven boys, including two siblings, were swept away by the fast current of the Ganga at the Ganga Barrage here on Wednesday morning.
The bodies of the boys, aged between 21 and 23 years, were recovered after three hours of frantic search.
The deceased-- Maqsood, Sachin Gupta, Shivam Gupta, Satyam Gupta, Golu Tiwari, Rohit and Sandeep Gupta-- had gone to the Ganga barrage on a joy-trip.
Maqsood lived at Colnolganj in Parade, and the others were residents of Lal Colony in Juhi under the Kidwai Nagarpolice station. Two of the drowned boys, Shivam and Satyam Gupta, were brothers.
According to eyewitnesses, eight boys drowned, but police put the figure at seven. Professional divers were still trying to find the 8th missing boy, at the time of filing the report.
According to the Kohna police, the boys went to Ganga Barrage from gate number one around 10.30 am and were taking selfies on the stairs. Suddenly, one of the boys slipped and fell into the river and was swept away. The other six boys, either in panic or in a bid to rescue their friend, jumped into the river but failed to make it to the shore.
A few people who witnessed the incident informed the police, who immediately swung into action and summoned a professional swimmer, Nasir, from Shuklaganj.
Nasir with his team of ten people reached the site and fished out seven bodies and was trying to trace the eighth boy, according to the latest reports.