BHOPAL: Three engineering students drowned while bathing in the deep waters of the Ghoda Pachad reservoir in the Bilkhiriya area of Bhopal Monday.
The three students -- identified as Piyush Ranjan (native of Patna), Sonu Kumar (native of Begusarai district in Bihar) and Ankit Sharma (native of Ujjain district in Madhya Pradesh), all students of BE first year at the LNCT College in Bhopal -- had gone with five other students to the dam after appearing in the last paper of their semester exams on Monday.
The eight students bathed in the dam for some time before coming out. Suddenly, two of them, Sonu and Piyush jumped in again and strayed into deeper waters and started drowning.
Seeing them drown, Ankit Sharma jumped in to save them, but started drowning himself. Another batch-mate Mrityunjay tried to rescue the three drowning friends but could not. In panic, they turned to the Dial 100 emergency service.
Policemen rushed to the dam but despite their efforts, the students couldn’t be rescued. The bodies of Piyush and Sonu were retrieved from the dam while efforts are on to find Ankit Sharma.
According to the ASP of Bhopal Zone III, the operation to find Ankit continued till the evening, but owing to darkness, it will be resumed on Tuesday morning. “We’re also trying to ascertain whether the three drowned boys knew swimming or not,” said Chaudhary.