Bengaluru: Student drowns as his friends click selfies

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BENGALURU: Vishwas G, a student of National College, Jayanagar, drowned in a pond on Sunday, even as his friends were busy clicking group selfies. He was picnicking with his fellow NCC cadets at Ravagondlu Betta near Kanakapura, Ramanagara district, 40km from Bengaluru. One of the pictures captured the boy drowning, while his friends struck poses for the camera.

Parents and relatives of Vishwas, 17, sat with the body in a protest in front of the college on Monday, alleging negligence by college faculty in charge of the NCC unit, Prof Girish and Sharath.

The demonstration was called off after the college management assured the protesters that stringent action would be taken against the lecturers if their role was confirmed. Kaggalipura police said that Vishwas G, a resident of Hanumantha Nagar, South Bengaluru, and elder son of autorickshaw driver Govindaraju and homemaker Sunanda, drowned in a 300-year-old Kalyani, a stepped tank when the touring party entered the waters in the afternoon. They were at Ravagondlu Betta in Ramanagara district.

“We had finished swimming and left for the Gundanjaneya temple and did not notice Vishwas’ absence. One of the students was replaying his selfie photos and noticed Vishwas drowning being captured in the frame.He immediately alerted the NCC unit chief, Prof Girish, and other friends, and by the time they returned to the Kalyani, an hour had passed. Vishwas was nowhere to be seen,” Sumanth A, one of the students, said.Police said Prof Girish was present at the spot, but the college authorities claimed that no faculty member had accompanied the students.

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