Staff Reporter

‘None of them knew swimming’

Bodies found floating on water surface on Tuesday

Police rule out ‘foul play’ in the death of boys

HYDERABAD: Death came calling for six boys in the city over the past two days. While three ninth standard students of Neena High School of Sanathnagar drowned in Maisamma tank near Kukatpally after stepping in the tank for a swim on Monday, three others met a watery grave in a pond dug by a construction company at Nanakramguda in Raidurg on Tuesday. All the six bodies were fished out and sent to Gandhi Hospital for post-mortem.

Sai Kiran, Abdul Azeem and Suneel, all classmates, stepped out of their houses on Monday around 4 p.m. soon after returning from school. All of them live in localities close to Sanathnagar and Kukatpally. They went to the Maisamma tank to have some fun, the Kukatpally Sub-Inspector G. Srinivas said.

“They died after slipping into deep waters as none of them knew swimming,” the SI said. Unconfirmed reports suggested that a total of six boys went there but the police said they were yet to ascertain facts in this regard and identify other students, if there were any.

Frantic search

As the boys did not return home, their family members searched for them all through the night at the houses of relatives and friends. On Tuesday morning, the bloated bodies of the three students surfaced in the waters.

In the second incident, Srikanth, 12, Raju, 7, and Sampath, 12, drowned in a pond dug by Theme Construction Company at Nanakramguda. The company dug the ground for the cellar of a high-rise building but had stopped work following legal wrangles. Due to recent rain, water filled the huge ditches transforming them into ponds. “It is an isolated area. Generally, locals go there to answer nature’s call. We’re yet to confirm why these boys went there but there is definitely no foul play,” the Raidurg Inspector Ganga Reddy said.

The boys hail from Nalgonda district and studied in a local Government school there. They came here for Dasara vacation. The parents are working as labourers.