Updated: February 22, 2021 6:01:19 am
FIVE PERSONS from a family, including the couple and their three daughters, drowned in a stream at Mulshi taluka in Pune district on Sunday, police said.
Pune Rural police said the incident took place at 10.30 am when the woman, Pournima Mahanti (38), was washing clothes at the stream near Kolwan village in Mulshi, located around 35 kilometres from Pune city. Pournima lost balance at a slippery point and was swept away. Seeing her struggle to stay afloat, her daughters, Arpita (20), Ankita (13) and step-daughter Rajashree Shankar Laygude (12) jumped into the stream. But they too drowned, police said.
As mother-daughters were drowning, one more of their sisters called Pournima’s husband Shankar Dashrath Laygude (38), who also jumped into the stream in an attempt to rescue them but drowned. Police said the stream is a rivulet, named Valki, and is known to have a much deeper patch where the incident took place.
Shankar and Pournima lived with six daughters from their previous marriages. While Arpita and Ankita were Pournima’s daughters from previous marriages, Rajashree was Shankar’s daughter from a previous marriage. The five deceased are survived by three other daughters of the couple.
Deputy Superintendent of Police of Haveli Division, Sai Bhore-Patil confirmed that five people from a family had drowned in the stream near Kolwan and their bodies were extricated later by local villagers with the help of the staff from Paud police station.
Police officials had initially suspected the five persons drowned because of getting drawn into a vortex formed in the stream. They later ruled out the theory and clarified that none of the deceased was able to properly gauge the depth of the water and some of them could not swim properly.
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