A day after a 14-year-old boy went for a swim with his friends in a pond near Saketri, his body was fished out on Tuesday morning. Chander Shekar alias Shivam was studying in class 9 and was one of the five boys from Kishangarh who had gone for a swim; when he started to drown, his friends tried to save him but he got stuck in the mud underneath and could not swim back up.
Shivam's parents got permission from the administration for not conducting the post-mortem of the teenager and the body was handed over to the family following which the last rites were performed.
His friend Himanshu, recalling the incident, said they had gone to have a splash in the pond at about 4.30 pm on Monday. They all came out after a few minutes but Shivam continued to swim. "After a while Shivam started shouting for help and we jumped into the pond to rescue him. One of us even caught hold of his hand but he was stuck. Even the fishermen at the spot tried to save him but could not."
The children then rushed to Shivam's house and Shivam's father informed the police. The rescue operation was started late evening but was suspended due to poor visibility; the body was fished out at 6am on Tuesday. The other three who accompanied Shivam for swimming were Class 10 student Arjun and Class 9 students Adarsh and Sachin.
It was the first time the group had gone for a splash - a popular pastime for the vicinity's children - with permission of their parents.Shivam's father Lallan said his son wanted to become a doctor. The mother was being consoled by Shivam's two sisters.