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Telco schoolboy drowns in theme park

A Class VIII student drowned in the check dam inside a forest department owned theme park near Telco on Tuesday morning.

Around 8am, Suryabhan Giri (14), a Vig English School pupil and son of Tata Motors employee Ramji Giri, was walking to school from his Barigora home in Telco with three friends when he decided to take a wash, but lost his balance and fell into the deep end of the reservoir.

Though Suryabhan alerted his friends with cries for help, by the time the boys and bystanders rushed to the spot, he had disappeared. Only his satchel was found on the ground.

The body of the schoolboy wearing a light blue shirt and navy blue trousers was fished out half an hour later.

Rushed to Tata Motors Hospital emergency ward, 3km from the reservoir, he was declared brought dead.

D.K. Singh, Tata Motors Hospital administration in-charge, said a group of people had turned up at the emergency with the boy around 10am.

“Unfortunately, he was already dead by then,” he said.

Singh said the student’s body was kept at the hospital morgue and would be shifted to MGM Medical College mortuary for post-mortem after his father issued a statement to the police.

Distraught father Ramji Giri rushed to the hospital on hearing the tragedy.

“My wife and other family members have gone to our native place in Bihar for Chhath. My son and I were staying alone. I don’t know what to say,” Giri sobbed.

Sub-inspector Dayanand Shah, also officer-in-charge of Govindpur police station, said it was a case of accidental drowning.

“The schoolboy drowned in the check-dam of the forest department this morning when he was washing himself. Local residents did come to his rescue, but could not save the teen. The police arrived when the body had been fished out,” said Shah.

The sub-inspector added that they would take statements on Wednesday from the victim’s father and accompanying students before sending the body for autopsy.