Bengaluru: NCC cadet drowns as friends click selfies nearby (Lead)
Bengaluru Sep 26 (IANS) A trekking expedition by a 25-member National Cadet Corps (NCC) team ended in a tragedy as one of them drowned even as his colleagues were busy clicking selfies on the edge of a pond at Kanakapura near here police said on Tuesday.
"The tragic incident occurred on Sunday when the cadets were visiting Ramagondlu betta (hill) in the neighbouring Ramanagara district for trekking " Ramanagara Deputy Superintendent of Police M.K. Thammaiah told IANS over phone.
G. Vishwas 17 entered the pond but drowned since he didn t know swimming while his friends were busy taking a selfie at one end unaware of the tragedy.
The cadets all pre-university course students of National College in the city s south suburb had started off for trekking on Saturday and camped at the foothill for overnight stay.
"The cadets learnt only later during roll call that Vishwas was missing " the officer said.
They rushed to the pond and found his body at a depth of 10 feet
The pond near a temple is located off the Kanakapura road on the state highway in the old Mysuru region and about 40 km from Bengaluru.
Kaggalipura Police Station registered a case of unnatural death under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code after Vishwas father Govindappa filed a complaint alleging negligence by the college management.
Parents and relatives of the victim staged a protest at the college in the city on Monday seeking compensation for the tragic death of Vishwas.