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Delhi: 14-year-old drowns a day after he started swimming classes

Mukul Sharma had joined the evening classes at the school on Thursday

Written by Sarah Hafeez | New Delhi |
May 24, 2015 1:51:50 am
minor drowned, school student drowned, swimming classes, delhi news, city news, local news, Indian Express Parents have alleged that no coach was present at the pool at the time of their son’s (inset, Mukul Sharma) death. (Source: Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

A 14-year-old boy was found drowned in a swimming pool in a government school in East Delhi’s Farshbazaar area on Friday. Police said he joined evening swimming classes a day before.

According to police and family, Mukul Sharma (14), a student of DAV school in Dayanand Vihar, had joined the evening swimming classes at Babu Ram Senior Secondary School on Thursday. “His parents had paid Rs 1,500 to get him enrolled in the swimming classes,” Mukul’s uncle Anand said.

On Friday evening, Mukul’s swimming class mates found him motionless in the pool. He was dragged out and rushed to a nearby nursing home from where he was referred to GTB hospital where he was declared dead on arrival, police said. His body was sent for a post-mortem examination on Saturday morning.

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Mukul’s cousin Vivek — who had come to Delhi from Maharanagarh, Haryana a few days ago – said, “Mukul had taken me along on Friday, the second day of his swimming tuitions. I was sitting on the benches while he and several others, around 30 boys, started swimming. Mukul did not know how to swim. The coaches were not in the pool at that time. One moment I could see Mukul. The next, I could not spot him. Then I saw several boys fishing him out of the pool. He was unconscious.”

“A case of death due to negligence under Section 304 a of the IPC has been registered against unknown persons. There were two coaches present at the pool apart from several other students. Investigations are on,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Eastern range) Sanjay Beniwal said.

Mukul’s parents alleged negligence on the part of those conducting the training session. They alleged that the coaches were seated outside the pool complex and there was no immediate supervision of students despite Mukul being a novice. Police said the water level at the pool is being checked as are the certifications of the coaches.

This summer, Mukul had set his mind on learning to swim, says uncle

Mukul was a very industrious boy who was not only good at academics but also wanted to try new and different things. This summer, he had wanted to learn swimming, a relative said on Saturday.

“He was an only child was a Class VIII student of DAV School, Dayanand Vihar. He was an ‘A’ student all through. He always scored above 90 per cent in his subjects. He decided to learn swimming this summer and his parents went about arranging it,” Mukul’s uncle Anand said.

Relatives said Mukul’s father Anil had a tough time arranging for Mukul’s enrolment at the swimming class being held at Babu Ram Senior Secondary School . He had to go through many people and obtain several references to even get the admission form.

The family was not sure if the evening classes were privately held in the government school or if it was being held by the school authorities. A senior police officer, however, said the classes were being held by the school authorities themselves.

Relatives said the only reputed swimming classes are the ones held in Babu Ram Senior Secondary School and that was one of the reasons that they decided to send Mukul there. “Each batch has around 30 students and the classes are held in the evening after school closes for the day,” Anand said.

Mukul’s cousin Vikas said, “I had come over for the summer holidays from Haryana. We were very close. Mukul was excited about the swimming classes and he enjoyed his first day immensely. He even took me along on Friday. I kept my eyes on him for sometime before I began looking at the other boys. Then, I lost him.”

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