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Gurgaon: Delhi boy out for a swim with friends drowns at Chandu Budhera canal

Swimmers from the fire department were called in to search for the missing youth

gurgaon Updated: Jun 08, 2017 23:55 IST
Ipsita Pati
Ipsita Pati
Hindustan Times
Mahavir Enclave,drown in canal,swimming in canal
The deceased, Dharam Veer, had come for a swim in the canal which is 20 foot deep.(HT PHOTO)

A Delhi resident who had gone for a swim with his five friends on Wednesday evening allegedly died after drowning in Chandu Budhera canal.

The body of the deceased, Dharam Veer (20), a resident of Mahavir Enclave, Palam, Delhi, was fished out of the canal at 7am on Thursday by the police.

The friends came for a swim in the canal around 5:30 pm on Wednesday. The canal is more than 20 feet deep.

Around 8 pm, the others realised that Dharma Veer was missing. One of them alerted everyone. They searched for him, but couldn’t find him. They then informed the police.

A search operation was launched for the deceased around midnight. Swimmers from the fire department were called in to search the entire area. More than four men were in the canal for six hours searching for Dharam Veer.

The deceased’s father is a carpenter and he was one of four siblings. Dharam Veer was the youngest of them. They family hails from Bihar. They had shifted to Delhi last year.

A case was filed a Rajendra Park police station. The other members of the group were found safe.

“We handed over the body to the family members after the post mortem. We are probing if there was any foul play behind the incident. We learnt that Dharam Veer didn’t know swimming and as the water was deep, he might have slipped into the canal,” said Jay Bhawan, sub-inspector of Rajender Park Police Station.

People visit the canal in summer for a swim and such incidents are reported during this time. On May 25, the police recovered the bodies of two men who allegedly drowned in Chandu Budhera Canal.

With a view to curbing these incidents, the sub-divisional magistrate, Bharat Bhushan Gogia, asked the canal authority to increase the vigilance in the area and also put up a warning board about the depth of the canal. He visited the canal on Thursday.

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He also asked the authority at the canal to lock the main door at night, as that will stop people from entering the canal.

Earlier, on April 5, a 30-year-old man had drowned in a canal near Kaliawas village. He had been out swimming with a friend. The villagers tried rescue the man, but they were unable to find him.

First Published: Jun 08, 2017 23:55 IST