The Fire and Rescue Services on Tuesday recovered from Adambakkam lake the bodies of two 14-year-old boys, ending a search operation that lasted for two days.
Police said personnel from Guindy recovered the bodies of Mohammad Asif, son of Ashvathullah, a tailor from Alandur at 6.30 am and his friend Balasubramani of the same area in the afternoon. The two boys, who were students of class-nine in a private school, had gone to the lake for dip with two other friends on Monday. Police said Asif and Balasubramani got into the water but soon began to struggle and drowned following which their friends fled from the spot. Shortly thereafter, area residents who spotted two sets of clothes called police.
Balasubramani’s mother Meenakshi, who was present when Asif’s body was recovered, appealed to police to search for her son’s body too, which was found in the afternoon.
Meenakshi, a housemaid, said that her son lost his father at a very young age and rarely went out to play with friends. “I forced him to go out and play sometimes. This time, I don’t know why he went,” Meenakshi said as she wept.