Four members of a family, who had gone on a weekend picnic, drowned in Sangama near Mekedatu (where rivers Cauvery and Arkavathy meet) on Sunday afternoon.
The victims Raju Singh, 32, Balaji Singh, 52, Sandeep Singh, 29, Raghu Singh, 24, were all residents of Yeshwantpur.
Police said Raju, who was swimming in the river, was dragged by water current.
To rescue him, Raju’s father- in-law Balaji plunged into the river, who was followed by Raghu and Sandeep.
All of them were taken away by the force.
The other members of the family members informed the police, who reached the spot with a rescue team.
Since it was too late, their bodies were not found, and the search operation was stalled by evening due to heavy rain and lack of light, the police said.
Speaking to Express, Rajesh Singh, a family member said, “A group of 22 family members, including four kids and seven women, had gone an outing.
We left home around 8.
30 am in a Swaraj Mazda from Yeshwantpur and reached Sangama around 11.
After lunch, Raju got down into the river, and another three plunged to rescue him.
But, the water force was too much and in a bid to save him, the other drowned.
” The rescue team will resume search operations on Monday morning, sources said.
The Sathanur police have registered a case in this connection and are further investigating.