Surajkund’s ‘khooni jheel’ claims three more lives, string of deaths over years
The three men were a part of a group of 10-12 people who had come to the lake for a picnic. All the three men were from Delhi’s Sangam Vihar area.delhi Updated: Jul 19, 2017 14:56 IST
A lake in the Aravalli Hills near Surajkund Road, which has earned notoriety for a number of deaths over the years, claimed three more lives on Wednesday.
Police said the victims were among a group of eight people who visited the lake, locally known as ‘khooni jheel’.
The group had come to Faridabad to enquire about property and on the way, they decided to visit the lake. One of them slipped and fell and the other two drowned trying to save him.
The victims are Milan Gupta (32), Rishi Gupta (28) and Pawan Gupta (27) — all residents of Sangam Vihar in Delhi. Their bodies were fished out on Thursday.
“Rishi had visited this lake earlier. He must have thought of visiting it again,” said Ram Avtar, cousin of Rishi Gupta, a cloth trader. “The family is shocked after we heard about the incident,” he said.
“As per eyewitness accounts, Rishi was first to enter the lake, but he slipped and fell. Milan and Pawan tried to save him, but they drowned too,” Avtar said.
According to police, they received a call around 6 pm on Wednesday, informing them about the three men drowning. Police and some locals rushed to the spot but the bodies were untraceable till late at night.
The district administration sought the help of Indian Navy and its divers started operations at around 10 am on Thursday. All the three bodies were fished out at around 11.30 am.
This was not a one-off incident. This lake and two other lakes in the area have, in the past few years, attained notoriety as death traps after frequent mishaps involving visitors.
“Our students used to visit the lake till a few years ago. When some of our students drowned, we had to dig the road,” said Prashant Bhalla, chancellor, Manav Rachna International University. “The lake water is green. Visitors, mostly youth, get tempted to have a dip,” said Manmohan Singh, Tehsildar Bhadkal.
Last year, Karan Singh, a resident of Baudutt Colony in Ballabgarh, lost his life in the same lake. Singh, a kabaddi player, used to visit the area for kabaddi coaching classes.
Around two years ago, a Delhi Technical University student, too had drowned in the lake. Vitan Kumar (22), a resident of Pushp Vihar, had been to the Surajkund area on a picnic with friends.
In March the same year, a TV journalist too drowned in the lake. Abhey Singh was on a weekend picnic with five friends when the incident occurred. His body was fished out the next day.
Four years ago, two students, including one from Delhi University, had drowned here. They bodies were found the next day.
“Signboards warning people against going close to the lake have been set up at some places, but picnickers hardly pay attention,” said a senior police official.