Three girl students of Zilla Parishad High School, Gurla, the mandal headquarters village, got caught in a mire and drowned in river Champavati at Chintalapeta where they went for picnic on the Children’s Day on Thursday afternoon.

According to the police, Sunkara Bhavani (13), Class VIII, Tallapudi Mounika (14) and Pilla Geetha (14), both students of class IX, were playing in an orchard with a ball. When the ball fell in a sand marsh of the Champavati, Bhavani tried to pick it up and fell in the pit. The other two girls went to her rescue and drowned.

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