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Three Chennai school boys drown in Mulshi dam: Two teachers, two organisers booked

The deceased were part of a group of 20 students of Chennai’s ECI Matriculation School who were visiting the dam, around 40 km from Pune, along with their teachers on Wednesday evening.

pune Updated: Apr 26, 2018 22:47 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The bodies of two of the three boys who had drowned in the water body, also known as Katarkhadak reservoir, were recovered by rescue teams comprising personnel from National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) and locals at the end of a four-hour long search operation on Thursday.(HT PHOTO)

A day after three students of a Chennai school who had come to Pune for a summer camp with their classmates drowned in the Mulshi dam, the police on Thursday booked four persons, including two teachers and two organisers.

The deceased were part of a group of 20 students of Chennai’s ECI Matriculation School who were visiting the dam, around 40 km from Pune, along with their teachers on Wednesday evening. Jackline School of Thoughts is the organisation that had arranged the summer camp.

(Clockwise) Saravanna Kumar, Danish Raja K, Santosh K. (HT PHOTO)

The bodies of two of the three boys who had drowned in the water body, also known as Katarkhadak reservoir, were recovered by rescue teams comprising personnel from National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) and locals at the end of a four-hour long search operation on Thursday. The locals had recovered one body on Wednesday evening. The search operation had begun in the early hours of Thursday.

The deceased identified as Danish Raja, Sarvanna Kumar and Santosh Ganesh were 14 years old and had appeared for the Class 8 examination.

A case under Section 304 (a) (causing death due to negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against four people at Paud police station. Police sub inspector (PSI) Anuruddha Gije of Paud police station under the Pune rural police jurisdiction is investigating the case.

“Of the arrested, two are women. We cannot reveal or confirm their names,” said PSI Gije. The arrests were not made till 7:15 pm on Thursday. While one of the persons booked by the police was identified as Anu, an art teacher from Jackline School of Thoughts, another person from ECS Matriculation school was identified as Arun M.

Following the incident, the parents and relatives of the children were called from Chennai and handed over the bodies after post-mortem.

According to the police officials, the students had set base at the nearby Andhale village and arrived at a small tin shed on a hillock near the dam. “The trip to the dam was not part of the schedule. The children insisted on going into the water and went with a teacher. The teacher checked the water level and asked them to not to venture beyond a point, but the three boys wandered off while trying to feed biscuits to fish,” said assistant police inspector Udhav Khade, who had registered the case.

“We had one such incident around a month ago on the nearby shore, the only case that I can remember in the past few years,” said Dattatray Malpote, sarpanch of Katarkhadak village. He has held the position for more than five years.

When asked if Jackline School of Thoughts is a registered organisation or had any permission to hold such an event, police inspector Suresh Nimbalkar said, “No, it is not a registered organisation.” The police or the sarpanch had not even received a letter seeking permission to hold such a camp, a police official stated.

First Published: Apr 26, 2018 22:28 IST