Shocking! Bengaluru student drowns in pond even as friends take group selfie

Shocking! Bengaluru student drowns in pond even as friends take group selfie

Bengaluru teenager drowned at a pond in Karnataka's Ravagondlu Betta, around 40 kilometers from the state capital, while his friends were busy clicking selfie.

The group, who all attended the National College in Jayanagar, had gone swimming in the 10ft-deep water during a college trip, NDTV reports.

The death of a teenager in India has been captured in one of his friend's pictures, showing him drowning in the background as the group takes a "selfie" photo. The group realised much later that Vishwas was missing, a college teacher told Hindustan Times on Tuesday.

According to official sources, the protest was called off after the college management assured that strct action would be taken against the lecturers if their role was confirmed.

They spotted the boy drowning while browsing through the pictures on their phone.

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Sumanth A., one of the students, said: 'We had finished swimming and left for the Gundanjaneya temple and did not notice Vishwas's absence.

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An hour later, the college boy's body was fished out of the 300-year-old tank.

Vishwas' parents have accused the college of negligence and ignoring the safety of students on a college trip.

The spokesman added that police had not yet questioned the other students, as they had been in shock, but had their details and would do so in due course. Superintendent of police of Ramanagara, Ramesh Banoth said, the students were looking into the mobile for the selfie when Vishwas drowned. They have the list of these students and will soon record their statements. "They disregarded a signboard put up by the local gram panchayat that no one should enter the water, and plunged in", a police officer told the daily.

"The victim's father has lodged a complaint alleging that negligence by the National College management led to death of his son".

A police spokesman said: 'Govindappa filed a complaint alleging that negligence by the National College management cost his son his life.

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