Four students of St Xavier’s School in Konnagar drowned on Monday morning when they had gone to take a bath at the Konnagar Baromandir Ghat of river Ganga, police said. Around 10 am, five students had gone to the ghat after a round of football match at the adjoining ground. With high tide setting in, two of them slipped and were swept away by the current. Two others jumped in but they too drowned, added the officer.
With Konnagar Municipality being in the vicinity, officials rushed to the spot. They were later joined by senior police officials, including the district’s additional SP. A disaster management team from Kolkata too went there. After about an hour, bodies of Kishan Raut and Dipanjan Bhattacharya were fished out with search operation still on to find the two others, Abhishek Chatterjee and Soumyadeep Ganguly.
“The boys were aged between 18 and 19 years. They went to a tuition class together and then played football before going for a dip. Their family members have been informed. Six divers are looking for the two reportedly missing,” said a senior official with the Uttarpara police station.