Two youths from Mumbai, who were visiting Lonavala for a picnic, drowned in the Bhushi dam reservoir where swimming is prohibited, on Sunday. This incident has taken the number of deaths in the dam to four in last one week.
The Lonavala police identified the deceased as Bhupen Dheeraj Bhandari (20) and Aniket Hande (20), both residents of Andheri in Mumbai. Police said the two had come to Bhushi dam along with 10 friends. The youngsters dived into the resvoir and swam into deeper parts.
Sahebrao Chavan, owner of an eatery next to the dam wall, and another shop owner Raju Pawar fished out the bodies of the two boys.
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According to them, “Like many people who enter the water, though it is prohibited, five youngsters from this group jumped into the water.
We got to know that four of them were not being able to swim back to the wall. Two of them were rescued by others who were swimming. However, two boys drowned. Their bodies were found at a point in the reservoir where such incidents had happened in the past.”
Police said family members of the two boys were informed and the bodies would be handed to them after postmortem.