A standard X student drowned in a pond in Velankanni on Thursday.

The deceased Salim(15), son of Khaleel Rahman had not attended school for a week, and was sent back from school on Thursday to fetch his parents for his long absence. The boy, whose father is employed in the Gulf, instead went to the pond near the Madhakulam road with his friends and stepped down to bathe in the water. The boy was stuck in the muddy pond and found drowned by his friends.

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