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Gurgaon: Two boys out for a swim in Chandu Budhera canal drown

An eyewitness said that the boys who arrived at the canal with their friends slipped into deep waters while swimming in the Chandu Budhera canal

gurgaon Updated: Jul 29, 2017 23:15 IST
Yashaswani  Sehrawat
Yashaswani Sehrawat
Hindustan Times
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The Chandu Budhera has a depth of more than 20 feet.(Parveen Kumar/HT)

Two boys, both aged 16, drowned in the Chandu Budhera canal while out swimming with two-three friends on Saturday afternoon. The victims were identified as Sandeep and Shivam.

While Sandeep was a class 10 student, Shivam studied in class 11 at a government school in Garhi Harsaru village. Both were residents of the same village, police said.

Ajayveer Bhadana, station house officer (SHO), Rajender Park police station, said that the victims, along with their friends, arrived at the canal at around 11.30pm to take a swim. The Chandu Budhera canal has a depth of over 20 feet.

“At around 12.30 pm, we received a call that two boys had drowned while swimming. We rushed to the spot and pulled them of the canal,” Bhadana said.

He said both were rushed to the civil hospital, but were declared brought dead. Two fine engines were also rushed to the scene before the police arrived.

The bodies were sent for post mortem examination in the afternoon and were handed over to their families on Saturday evening.

An eyewitness who refused to be named, said that the boys were swimming in the canal and went into deep waters. As one of them started drowning, the other tried to rescue him. Both drowned, the eyewitness said.

Assistant sub inspector Ravinder, the investigating officer in the case, said that the boys drowned somewhere near the area where they had removed their clothes and shoes.

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No case has been registered as yet.

The SHO said that cases of drowning were common in the canal and even though people are advised not take a swim in it, they don’t listen.

On June 8 evening, a 20-year-old resident of Delhi also had gone for a swim in the canal with his friends and went missing. A search operation was launched midnight and his body was found the next day.

After the incident, Gurgaon sub-divisional magistrate, Bharat Bhushan Gogia, visited the canal on June 9 and asked the canal authority to increase the vigilance in the area. To curb such incidents, he also asked them to put up a board displaying the depth of the canal and lock the main door at night, as that will stop people from entering the canal.

The police said they increased night patrolling in the area after the incident and do not allow people to swim during the night. He, however, said that the canal remains crowded during the summer and a lot of people go there for a swim.

On May 25, the police recovered the bodies of two men who allegedly drowned in Chandu Budhera canal.

In another incident, two boys drowned in the Gurgaon water channel near Dhankot on Saturday. The police confirmed the incident and said that rescue teams have been searching for them since 5.30 pm.

“The drowning incident happened around 5pm and the rescue teams are looking for them,” Ravinder Kumar, Gurgaon police spokesperson, said.

First Published: Jul 29, 2017 23:15 IST