4 children drown in Kothnur Lake

Mother of two of the victims was in hospital for delivery, one body yet to be fished out.

Published: 30th September 2012 08:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th September 2012 08:40 AM   |  A+A-

Four children, including a girl, in the age group of five to seven years, accidentally drowned in Kothnur Lake in Subramanyapura police station limits on Saturday.

The incident occurred when they gone to the lake to play, the police said.  The deceased have been identified as Mamatha (7), Madhu Kumar (5), Prakash (6) and Ganesh (5). 

The body of Ganesh is yet to be fished out of the lake.

Mamatha was studying in second standard in a government school at Kothanur, the other three were going to Anganawadis. According to the police, the incident took place at 3 pm.

A passerby noticed the bodies of three children floating in the lake and immediately informed both the police and fire personnel.

Lakshmi, mother of two of the deceased, Mamatha and Madhu Kumar, had delivered a baby girl at the Vani Vilas Hospital in the city.

Chandrika, mother of Prakash and Ganesh, who stays next to Lakshmi’s house, had gone to the hospital to see the new born.

The children were playing together near their house when Chandrika left the home. After sometime, they went near the lake to play, the police added.

On the receipt of information, the personnel from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services went to the spot and fished out three bodies with the help of local swimmers.

As the lake is filled with the silt, the fire personnel opined that Ganesh’s body might have been stuck in it. Besides, as it was dark, the search operations were suspended and will resume it on Sunday, said Nanjudappa, a fireman.

Subramanyapura police have registered a case and are further investigating.


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