Four Sonipat boys drown in Yamuna in Delhi, bodies of two found

The four were classmates and had gone to the Yamuna banks in Palla village along with three other friends on Sunday morning. Police control room received a distress call at 7.20am reporting that the four had slipped and drowned.
The spot where four boys drowned in the Yamuna river. Bodies of two boys were fished out on Sunday while two remain untraced.(HT Photo)
The spot where four boys drowned in the Yamuna river. Bodies of two boys were fished out on Sunday while two remain untraced.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 06, 2018 09:17 AM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Rescuers had on Sunday evening managed to fish out two bodies while they were looking for two more hours after four boys, all 14, from Haryana’s Sonipat slipped into the Yamuna River in outer Delhi’s Alipur area.

Police said Ankit Maan, his cousin, Aaditya Maan, Nitin Pal and Lalit had gone to the Yamuna banks in Palla village around 7 am along with their three other friends, Kshitij, Mukul and Abhay. The police control room received a distress call at 7.20 am reporting that the four had slipped and drowned. The four were classmates at Amar Siksha Sadan in Sersa village.

“When a police team reached the spot, a few local men, who had been alerted by the three teenagers, who saw their four friends drown, told police that they tried to save the kids but failed. Soon, firefighters, divers, disaster management and civil defence teams were alerted and all of them arrived at the spot,’’ said a police officer, who was part of the rescue operation. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

“A detailed rescue operation was launched and following two hours of thorough search, the divers managed to fish out the bodies of two children — Ankit and Lalit.”

Additional deputy commissioner of police (Rohini) Gaurav Sharma could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

The rescue operations continued until late in the evening but Aaditya and Nitin remained untraceable. Police said they fear the two boys too had drowned.

Delhi fire services’ chief fire officer Atul Garg said two fire tenders were rushed to the spot after they received a call around 7.20 am. “We were informed bodies of two kids were taken out while two remain untraced. Our teams are continuing the rescue operation.”

Police said Kshitij alerted locals and rushed to nearby houses seeking help. “It was then the residents of the area gathered and attempted to save the children and also called the police,’’ the police officer said. “We have sent the bodies for post-mortem. The rescue operation is on.”

The officer said there was nothing suspicious about the drowning. “Families of these kids have told police that they left the house early in the morning like every Sunday saying that they are going to play at a nearby stadium. Their family members did not know that they were going for swimming in the Yamuna. Statements of the other friends has been recorded.”

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Shiromani Akali Dal leader and former Punjab education minister Jathedar Tota Singh, who is credited with making English a compulsory subject from Class 1 in state government schools, died at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, on Saturday. (HT file photo)

    Akali leader and former Punjab education minister Tota Singh passes away

    Shiromani Akali Dal leader and former Punjab education minister Jathedar Tota Singh, who is credited with making English a compulsory subject from Class 1 in state government schools, died at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, on Saturday morning.

  • CM Bommai was last in Delhi on May 10 and 11 and had a detailed meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah about cabinet reshuffle. (ANI)

    Karnataka CM Bommai sets off cabinet rejig talks upon arrival in Delhi

    Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai arrived in the national capital on Friday and his sudden visit, second in less than 10 days, sparked off speculation in political circles, especially within the ruling BJP. After landing in Delhi, the chief minister directly went to call on a Union minister, sources said. The chief minister left Bengaluru for the national capital this afternoon and his return-schedule to Bengaluru has been kept "open".

  • Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai sent a clear message to officials that he would not tolerate any lapses in the implementation of schemes for SC/ST communities. 

    CM Bommai: won't tolerate lapses in implementation of SC/ST development plan

    The, ST Development Council meeting chaired by Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai approved theSP/ TSP action plan for the year 2022-23 on Friday, after which the CM instructed officials to spend Scheduled Castes Sub Plan grants only for those targeted communities. Bommai also instructed the officials of the State Development Council to spend the grants made for the welfare of SC/ST communities only for these sections on Friday.

  • Bangladeshi national contested 2021 assembly seat for TMC, finds Calcutta HC

    Bangladeshi national contested 2021 assembly seat for TMC, finds Calcutta HC

    Trinamool Congress candidate Alo Rani Sarkar, who unsuccessfully contested the Bongaon South assembly seat in 2021, is a Bangladeshi national, the Calcutta high court said on Friday while passing its order on Sarkar's petition that challenged the poll results. Alo Rani Sarkar filed the petition after the polls results were declared on May 2, 2021.

  • Freshly harvested cherries being packed into boxes at an orchard in Ganderbal’s Kangan. (Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times)

    Fruit growers in Kashmir look forward to compensate losses

    The areas which received the heavy hailstorm earlier this month is known for its cherry harvest. “I usually sell 30 to 40 boxes every day to the locals but in coming days, when all varieties will be available in market, my sales will further pick up along with good rates,” he added. Growers say though bulk of stone fruits is dispatched outside the UT, local sales too have a good potential to compensate losses.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Saturday, May 21, 2022