A 22-year-old student of Thapar University, Patiala, is feared to have drowned in Bhakra Canal near Century Enclave police post on the Nabha road here in the wee hours of Monday.
Anmol Rai, a student of BTech-2, had gone to the banks of the canal with his classmates —Shrey Arora, Adit Khandelwal and Shivansh — after attending a party at a marriage palace. Anmol’s classmates said he went to touch the canal water and fell into it due to slippery surface. Police said they all were in an inebriated condition. Anmol’s father Manoj Kumar, who is the principal of DAV College in Jalandhar, termed it an accident.
Police post in-charge Shiv Kirpal Bedi said Anmol’s classmates didn’t raise the alarm and rushed to their hostel. “They returned at 5am and informed the police post staff. We immediately started the search operation but were not able to trace him till the evening,” he said.
Statements of the victim’s friends and family are being recorded, he added.