Staff Reporter

Crowd was similar to that witnessed on 'Kaanum Pongal' day

CHENNAI: Two brothers were among the four who drowned on the New Year at the city's beaches.

The body of Viswanathan was washed ashore along Besant Nagar beach on Monday morning. The deceased youngster's father Kuppusamy, a railway employee, was still searching for his eldest son Srinath (19) at the Besant Nagar beach.

They were part of a group of 11 boys, from Agaram near Perambur, who left for Marina on Sunday afternoon, said the victim's aunt Karpagam. "Of the 11, three were caught in the waves," she said. Apart from Srinath, police were also searching for Chittibabu, a neighbour of Viswanathan's family.

Surging crowd

Police said the crowd suddenly surged at the Marina on Sunday making it difficult for them to control some of the revellers who ventured out into the sea. "The volume of crowd was similar to that witnessed normally on 'Kaanum Pongal' day," he added. The Anna Square police handed over on Monday the bodies of Ilayaraj (18) from Nammalwarpet and Sarjal Kumar Dutta (20), native of Orissa, that were washed ashore at the Marina beach on Sunday.

Mr.Ilayaraj, who worked as housekeeper with a company in Ambattur, had also come to the beach with a group of friends, said a police official.

The Shastri Nagar Police retrieved the body of 18-year-old Prakash of West Jones Road in Saidapet from the Elliots Beach.