BENGALURU: A 17-year-old NCC cadet drowned in a temple pond on Sunday while trying to be part of a selfie with a group of friends. Police said Vishwas G, a I PU student of National College, Jayanagar, did not know how to swim and drowned in a pond within the premises of a temple in Ramagondlu, around 30km from the city on Kanakapura Road. According to police, a group of 25 NCC cadets were taking part in a camp near Kanakapura and later went on an outing to Ramagondlu around 2.30pm on Sunday. Around 12 got into a pond located within the premises of Gundanjaneya temple.
The pond was 10 feet deep, said police. A group of friends, including Vishwas, were attempting a selfie while standing near the edge of the pond. However, Vishwas slowly drifted to the middle of the pond, where it was deeper and drowned. Police said a few friends of Vishwas who had come out of the pond saw him in the water but they did not realise he was drowning.
After a while, when they looked through the photos on the phone, they found a head drifting in the background. The boys then counted themselves and soon realised Vishwas was missing. Police suspect that the NCC coordinator Prof Rajesh had not accompanied the cadets to the pond. He has been absconding since the accident.
Vishwas’ father Govind, an auto driver, filed a case alleging that the negligence of college authorities led to his son’s death. On Monday, tension prevailed at the college premise in Jayanagar 7th Block after parents and relatives of Vishwas staged a protest. Kaggalipura police are investigating the case. They are yet to take the statements from college authorities and Rajesh.