In an unfortunate accident, a 17-year-old boy from Bengaluru drowned in a pond at Ramagundlu near Kanakapura, while on a college trip.
The boy, Vishwas, is seen drowning in a selfie which his friends clicked. However, no one noticed that Vishwas was missing until it was too late.
Early on Sunday morning, 25 students from Bengaluruâ€™s National College had gone for a trip to Ramagundlu, near Kanakapura.
The students were part of National Cadet Corps (NCC) and had gone to the Ramagundlu temple to carry out a cleanliness drive.
According to the Thalaghattapura Police, the boys had gone along with one of their professors â€“ Ramesh.
â€śAfter the cleanliness drive, the students went into the 10-ft-deep kalyani (a pool-like structure present in temples) for a swim. At around 11.15 am, all the students were clicking a selfie while they were inside the kalyani. In one of the pictures, we can see Vishwasâ€™ head. This was around the time he drowned. But the students did not notice that he was missing,â€ť said Thalaghattapura Police Inspector Ramappa.
At 3pm, the students got out of the kalyani and decided to head back to Bengaluru. When they did a head count, they found that Vishwas was missing.
The students tried contacting Vishwas but he did not pick up the call. They assumed that he had gone home.
â€śThe professor who had taken the boys for the trip had gone back to Bengaluru while the students were still in the kalyani. The boyâ€™s parents got worried when Vishwas did not come home and called his friends. They showed Vishwasâ€™ parents the pictures and that was when they noticed that he had drowned,â€ť the Inspector added.
Vishwasâ€™ parents immediately informed the police who began a search operation to find his body. They fished out the body late on Sunday night.
A case of accidental death was filed at the Thalaghattapura Police Station. A memorial service was held at National College on Monday. Vishwasâ€™ parents submitted a letter to the institute accusing Professor Ramesh of negligence and have sought action against him.