BHOPAL: The joyride by a Bhopal-based young brick kiln owner Akash Gupta to celebrate his 24th birthday with five friends at a dam in adjoining Sehore district turned out to be last journey for the six friends on Sunday evening.
The car with the six friends aboard, including brick kiln owner Akash Gupta, a resident of Bhopal's Piplani area and five friends, four hailing from Bhopal and one a resident of Rewa district, lost control and plunged into the Kolar dam near a filter plant in Bilkisganj area of Sehore district (25 km from Bhopal).
All six friends subsequently drowned.
The incident happened on Sunday evening, when Gupta along with his friends (all in their early 20s) were on the way for his birthday celebrations.
Primary police investigations suggest that the car lost control while negotiating a blind turn and resultantly plunged into deep water near the water filter plant. While the family of brick kiln owner Akash Gupta had reported to police the matter of the six friends missing on Sunday evening, the Sehore district police spotted the car in the dam waters near the water filter plant on Monday morning.
"We immediately pressed into service a Poklen machine and managed to lift the car out of the water. Scanning of the car subsequently revealed that all the occupants of the car had died," SP Sehore Rajesh Chandel told The New Indian Express.
Besides, Akash Gupta, the deceased have been identified as Pankaj Sahu, Ranjeet Sahu, Gaurav Sahu, Rajnish Patel and Abhijeet Rathore.