September 30, 2017 5:11:36 am
TWO TEENAGE boys drowned while taking a bath in a reservoir which is part of the Haryana Shehari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP)-managed water treatment plant at Chonki area in Panchkula on Friday afternoon. The victims have been identified as 13-year-old Tushar and 14-year-old Jatin. Both were residents of Bhirghaggar village of Panchkula and were studying at Government High School, Bhirghaggar.
According to the police, the victims were among the several children who had gone to take a bath in the reservoir.
Family members of both the teenagers said that the duo went to take a bath after they returned from their exams. “There were five children who went together. They all were from the same village,” said Sandeep Kumar, a relative of Jatin.
Villagers said that as the incident was witnessed by fellow children, they came running and informed them. “There was a wedding on at the village. So there were locals in the area. Everyone rushed towards the area and recovered the bodies from the area,” said a local.
Doctors at the Panchkula Civil Hospital said both of them were brought to the hospital in the afternoon. “While one of them was declared as brought dead, the younger one died at the hospital,” said a doctor.
The distance between the village and the water treatment plan is a few kilometres. Locals said that it took little time for them to reach there. Near the plant a warning board has also been put up already.
The post-mortem of the duo was conducted at the Panchkula Civil Hospital on Friday. “Tushar was initially brought to the hospital, but he succumbed. Jatin was declared brought dead by doctors,” said Inspector Lalit Kumar, Station House Officer of Chandimandir Police Station.
The villagers blamed the HSVP for not deputing sufficient security around the water plant. Police officials, however, said a security guard was already deputed there.
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