Holi turned tragic for some families as it claimed the lives of 11 revellers in the State on Wednesday. Five of them, all students, died in Nizamabad, three in Medak, two in Adilabad and one in Hyderabad.

After playing Holi, the students, including siblings, Shaik Imran (17) and Shaik Afroze (16), their cousin Shaik Tousiq (17), Mohammed Afrar (18) and Badala Madhu (15) had ventured into the Basanth tank. None of them knew swimming . Three of them were studying intermediate, while one each in SSC and ninth standard.

With three of them belonging to single family of Shaik Ahmedduddin and Khayyum, a pall of gloom descended on their locality in the village. Family members broke down on seeing the three bodies and wept inconsolably.

In Medak district, three persons were drowned after celebrations. In the first incident, Nagaraju (25), a resident of Jogipet village went to take a bath in the Manjeera and drowned.

In similar incidents, Raju (25) and M. Srinivas drowned in tanks, the first one near Chamundeswari temple and near Ramayampet mandal headquarters respectively.

In Adilabad district also, two students met watery grave after celebrations. Kuntala Sagar(15) , drowned in Kuntavagu stream in Tamsi mandal.According to police, Sagar, a resident of Bandalnagapur village who was writing his SSC exams, came to the stream with 15 other friends. He however, did not know swimming and drowned. His body is yet to be found though police had launched search operation soon after the incident. In the second incident, a 17-year old student of Sanjay Gandhi Polytechnic, Adilabad, Prem, belonging to Khammam district drowned in the Satnala project while on a picnic. He had gone to the project for a swim with his friends after celebrating Holi. In Hyderabad, a reveller drowned in a well after stepping inside for bathing near a tank close to IDL factory premises in Kukatpally. Shaik Ameer (15) from Sangeethnagar of Kukatpally played Holi and went to the well for bathing.. He didn’t know swimming and drowned.

Five students drown in Nizamabad, three persons in Medak, two in Adilabad

and one in Hyderabad