Jamshedpur : In a shocking incident, a 14-year-old boy, who was son of head constable in Jharkhand Armed Police ( JAP)- VI, drowned while taking bath in Subernarekha river along Bagunhatu under Sidhgora thana area on Saturday afternoon.
The drowning victim, identified as Prashant Kumar was the son Satyendra Prasad, head constable in Jharkhand Armed Police Ė VI located at Sidhgora.
According to sources, Prashant who was a class IX student of a government high school in Bagunhatu went to the river along with two of his friends.
The place where the friends had gone for the bathing was about two kms away from their residential quarters at the JAP-VI premises.
The three had gone to take bath in the river despite there was tap water in their residence.
” We are in state of shock and donít know what led to the mishap. Having gone to the bank of the river, the three boys, Prashant, Sonu and Deepak, all in the same age-group as Prashant entered into the river water. While taking bath the three started having fun, but incidentally Prashant slipped and drowned,” said a relative of the
The relative said that as the boy started drowning, his friends cried for help leading a couple of other locals to rush to the spot. But it took about 15 minutes to locate the drowning victim by the rescuers who rushed the boy in a critical condition to Tata Main Hospital emergency, where the doctors declared him as brought dead.
Officer-in-charge, Sidhgora police station RD Singh confirmed that the 14-year-old boy Prashant Kumar was drowning in the Subernarekha on Saturday afternoon.
” As per our investigation the boy had gone to the river along with his friends for taking bath and was drowned. The victim also been rescued and rushed to Tata Main Hospital for treatment, but he was declared as brought dead.
We have recovered the body and sent it to the MGM Medical College mortuary for post mortem,” said Singh.
The officer-in-charge said all the three boys were sons of also from the JAP-VI campus in Sidhgora and had tap-water at their house, but instead of taking bath at home, the three had come to the swollen Subernarekha.
A local resident also claimed to have warned the three boys on Saturday afternoon when they had come for bathing in the river.
“I warned them not to go deep inside as there was strong current. Later I came to know that one of them was drowned,” said a resident of Bagunhatu.
Incidentally, the body of 20-year-old girl, Deepshikha has not been yet traced in Kharkai river though 72 hours have lasted since jumped into the river on Thursday afternoon.