Two students from Chandigarh — part of a group of six students out on a picnic to bathe in the Bhakra canal— were drowned near Doomchheri village in Morinda on Saturday afternoon.
The six students had arrived at the canal bank, around 30km from Chandigarh, on three two-wheelers (Activas) after attending their tuitions, but their families were not aware of their whereabouts, it has emerged.
The bodies of the deceased — Robin Sharma (17), a Class 12 (non-medical) student at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31, Chandigarh, and Gaurav (16), a Class 12 (commerce) in Gyandeep Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, Chandigarh, are yet to be recovered.
Sources said Gaurav, a resident of Behlana village, did not know swimming. Robin, a resident of Hallomajra, drowned in an attempt to save his friend with both getting swept away by the strong currents, the police said. The four other students — Chirag, Ashish, Avshish and Tarun — all residents of Chandigarh, informed their parents of the incident. The parents informed the police. Morinda SHO Ravinder Pal Singh said, “As soon as we received information, we started a search for the bodies of the students.”
Families clueless on why wards went to Bhakra
The families of both the drowned youth came to know about the tragedy — hours after the incident on Saturday evening.
“Robin had gone for his tuition in Sector 20, Chandigarh, in the morning. We came to know of the incident on Saturday evening when Chirag, who had accompanied Robin to the canal, rang up my elder son to inform him about the incident,” said Robin’s father Raj Kumar, who is a headconstable with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
Gaurav’s father Ramesh Chand is a head constable with the ITBP. The families of both the drowned youth rushed to the spot and hired divers to recover the bodies, but to no avail. A DDR has been lodged.