A 37-year-old woman allegedly drowned under mysterious circumstances at the Prabodhankar Thackeray swimming pool in Vile Parle (East) on Tuesday night. The police have arrested the swimming pool in-charge, Sahdev Newalkar, and the swimming instructor, Vishal Tiwari, and charged them with causing death due to negligence.
Bandra resident Shreya Bhosle, a HR executive at an advertising firm, had enrolled on May 2 for a 15-day summer vacation batch to learn swimming.
After finishing work on Tuesday, Bhosle went to the pool for her 45-minute session, which began at 8.15pm. Tiwari told the police that she stepped out of the pool along with nine other women after the session ended at 9pm, when the swimming pool shuts.
However, Santosh Abhang, a staff employed to clean the pool, told the police he found an unconscious Bhosle – in her swimming costume – in the pool at 9.20pm. Abhang alerted officials at the swimming pool and later jumped into the pool to bring her out.
“Abhang told us that he checked her pulse after she was brought out of the pool. He told us that she was alive, and they had tried to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Bhosle was then rushed to a nearby hospital, where the doctors declared her dead,” said Raksha Maharav, senior police inspector at the Vile Parle police station. “There were no lifeguards near the swimming pool. It is a case of negligence on part of the instructor, and pool in-charge. They should have been near the pool till there was someone inside.”
While it is unclear how and why Bhosle went back to the pool after her session ended, police officials said they will conduct a thorough investigation, and if required, question the other women who were in the same batch as the victim.
Bhosle is survived by her husband Sushant, who runs a fast food stall at Bandra, and their 10-year-old son. The family lives in the Bandra police quarters in a flat owned by her brother-in-law.