10-yr-old drowns in school swimming pool

  • HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 13, 2015 01:12 IST

A 10-year-old boy drowned in the swimming pool of a Borivli school on Saturday, when he was trying to fetch a ball that fell in.

Officials said the boy, Sahil Bhandare, and his friends were playing cricket on a ground next to the school building. Sahil, his younger brother and another boy entered the campus of the Ajmera Global School looking for their ball.

Sahil thought the pool was not deep, so he removed his clothes and jumped in, said his friend. When Sahil started drowning, his brother and the other boy rushed outside to tell the other players. They alerted some people nearby, who went into the school pulled Sahil out, said a police officer.

“Sahil was taken to the Shatabdi hospital, but declared dead before admission. His family has been informed,” said Subhash Chauhan, senior inspector, MHB police station.

The MHB police have arrested the school’s watchman and have also booked the school authority concerned, for negligence. “We are trying to find out who is in charge of the swimming pool,” Chauhan said.

An official from the school said the swimming pool usually has a full-time guard, but as it is vacation time, the guard had left at 4pm. “None of the children belong to Ajmera School. “It is an unfortunate accident and we will provide full support to the police,” said the official, requesting anonymity.

Sahil had just given his Class 4 exams. He used to live with his parents and brother.

Sahil's father Laxman said, “It is complete negligence on the part of the school. Around half an hour my son was playing in the swimming pool and the entire premises was covered with CCTV, but none of the security guards turned up.”

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