Beldih Lake, where the boy drowned, in Jamshedpur on Saturday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur, Aug. 9: A teenager drowned at Beldih Lake in Jamshedpur while washing himself after a game of football early today.
Shivam Kumar Jha (17), a resident of Panchwati Nagar in Sonari, used to study in Class XI (science) at Kerala Public School, Kadma. He had gone to the lake with friend and classmate Ravi Kumar, who also hails from Panchwati Nagar.
The boys used to play football at Dhatkidih, nearly 3km from their homes, every Saturday. Today, they decided to clean themselves at the nearby Beldih Lake after the game and entered the landmark address from the entrance near Beldih Golf Club corner at 6.30am.
Some anglers present at the spot said that Shivam ventured a little deep into the water to wash his hands and feet and then suddenly tried to swim. Soon he started drowning and shouted out to his friend.
“The other boy (Ravi) jumped in to rescue his friend, but also started drowning. We somehow rescued him with the help of some cloth pieces. Fortunately, he was near the edge of the lake,” said Hamid Raja, a resident of Dhatkidih who was fishing at the lake.
The onlookers also managed to pull out Shivam after a while and rushed him to Tata Main Hospital, but he was declared brought dead.
Both Shivam and Ravi didn’t know swimming.
According to Raja, the lake was today filled to the brim because of heavy showers over the past few days.
“At present, the water level at the lake is nearly 12-13 feet. It is very risky to go deep inside the lake, especially for those who don’t know swimming,” he added.
Shivam was the only son of Sunil Kumar Jha, a transporter. Bistupur officer-in-charge Jitender Kumar said the body was handed over to the victim’s parents without post-mortem examination.
“The parents of the boy gave us a written request that they did not want an autopsy. As it was an accidental death, we kept their request and handed over the body in the afternoon,” Jitender Kumar added.
Drowning deaths are not unheard of at Beldih Lake.
On June 16, 2013, two youths of Dhatkidih — Tariq Shah (22) and Akash Kumar (23) — had died in a similar fashion at the water body.
Boy swept away
Bokaro: A massive search is going on for a seven-year-old boy, who was swept away in Garga river in Bokaro district after dam water was released this afternoon.
According to sources, Rahul Pandey, a resident of Bari Cooperative Colony located on the banks of Garga, was playing in front of his house around 4pm when he got swept away.
“The boy was playing near the river when water was released from Garga dam. The water swept ashore, taking away the child with it before anyone could rush to his rescue,” said a local resident.
Rahul’s father R.K. Pandey, who works at a private firm, raised an alarm and neighbours rushed to the spot but it was too late.
District officials immediately deployed divers, but the boy is yet to be traced.