Three children drowned in a water pit inside a quarry on Hosur Road, near Kudlu Gate on Friday.
The deceased were Megha, daughter of Ramesh, Aishwarya, daughter of Tamil Arasan, and Lokesh, son of Nagaraj. They were all aged 14 and studying in Class 8 in the Government High School in Kudlu village.
Inspector A V Lakshminarayana of Parappana Agrahara police station said that they had told their parents that they were going to school to collect free uniforms and books. “Around 1.45 pm, they came near this quarry. Lokesh was playing in the water, while Megha and Aishwarya were washing clothes. Lokesh fell into the quarry. Megha and Aishwarya tried to help him, but all three drowned,” he said.
Aishwarya’s older sister Sanghavi cried for help, but the children drowned before help arrived.
The bodies of the girls have been traced and sent to Victoria Hospital for postmortem. A search is still on for the boy’s body.
Police said locals go to the 30-foot-deep quarry to wash clothes. The water level had gone up due to rain over the last couple of days.