Staff Reporter

Four students drowned in the sea off Gokarna

on Sunday

The students were on an ‘industrial project trip’

BANGALORE: The four students of Kamala Institute of Management and Science in Cottonpet here, who drowned in the sea off Gokarna on Sunday evening, did not know how to swim.

Classmates, still in a shock over the death of Sandeep (20), Rajesh (21), Arun (20) and Puneeth (18), gathered at the college here on Monday to pay their tribute to them.

The students were on an “industrial project trip” organised by the college. The college authorities said a team of 20 (three girls, 13 boys and four lecturers) had gone to Gokarna on October 31 and planned to visit several places and industries as part of their study tour and were to return on Monday.

“Rajesh and Puneeth were the residents of Cottonpet. Sandeep and Arun were respectively staying in Nelamangala and Mysore Road. All the four reportedly went for a swim along with others, despite our staff warning them. The four boys were carried away by the rough sea while the other students were rescued by fishermen. Four lecturers — Rajesh, Ramesh, Sathyanarayana and Chandrika — accompanied the team,” said an employee of the college, who did not want to be named.

“Sandeep and Rajesh were second year B.Com. students and other two were in pre-university. The college authorities should be held responsible for their death,” said a friend of Sandeep who refused to give his name.

“They were ambitious and Sandeep and Rajesh wanted to work in multinational companies after their graduation. Arun had decided to continue education in the same college while Puneeth wanted to pursue his graduation in New Delhi,” Sushma Sridhar and Shashidar Krishnan, B.Com students of the college, told The Hindu.

On Monday a condolence meeting, headed by college principal Sadashiva Acharya was held at the college and the authorities declared three days of mourning. Mr. Acharya left for Gokarna immediately after the meeting to join other staff members who had left the night before.

Meanwhile the Gokarna police said that the bodies were sent to Bangalore on Monday evening.

“This is not the first time such an incident has happened. Several persons, especially students and young professionals, have lost their lives in Gokarna. Despite warning boards, people rush into the sea for a swim and lose their lives. We also deployed our staff to control such activities,” said an officer of Gokarna police station.