A 17-year-old student who was studying at the National College in Jayanagar, Bengaluru lost his life on Sunday after drowning in a pond while his friends were busy clicking group selfies. The deceased who has been identified as Vishwas G was on a picnic along with his fellow National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets at the Ravagondlu Betta near Kanakapura, Ramanagara district that is 40 kms from Bengaluru when the incident took place. In horrific clips, Vishwas can actually be seen drowning in the pond in the background even as his friends were too busy posing and they did not even realise that one of their friends was missing. A report by Hindustan Times quoted the police as saying that the Bengaluru boy drowned in a temple tank in Karnataka’s Ramanagara district while his friends posed for a selfie, unaware that Vishwas G was struggling to stay afloat. In the picture, only Vishwas’s hair is visible on the surface of the water, while the rest of the group can be seen smiling.
According to a college teacher, the group of students had decided to take a dip in a temple tank near Ravagondlu Betta and left the tank after the picnic….The group realised much later that Vishwas was missing. A teacher on condition of anonymity while talking about the incident was quoted saying that after realising that Vishwas was missing, “some students then went through the photos and saw one that had captured the incident.” The teacher added, “However, by the time they reached the spot it had already been an hour and his body was nowhere to be found.”
The report states that the victim’s body was later pulled out by the police. Superintendent of police, Ramesh B while talking about the case said, “We have filed a case of unnatural death based on the complaint.” He added, “Moreover, the complaint lodged with us does not mention any negligence on the part of those present.” The police also stated that around 25 students were a part of the NCC camp and they were accompanied by two college staff.