December 17, 2016 1:38:59 am
Four people, including three students of Delhi University’s St Stephen’s College, drowned in Periyar river in Kerala’s Ernakulam district on Friday evening.
Police identified the victims as Anubhav Chandra, a native of Bihar; Aditya Patel, who hailed from Uttar Pradesh; Kennet Jose from Kerala; and Benny Abraham, who owned the resort where they were staying.
Police said they were among a 13-member group of students from Delhi who had gone to Kerala for a short holiday.
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The resort owner’s daughter also studies in St Stephen’s. The group reached the resort, located on the banks of the Periyar river, on Friday afternoon.
“The students had gone as part of a college trip but these three-four students had gone away to a private resort where they met with this unfortunate accident. There will be a condolence meeting first thing in the morning tomorrow,” said John Varghese, principal of the college.
Police said the victims drowned at a spot considered “dangerous”. “There were warning signboards against venturing into the water.
Initial reports said they slipped on a rock near the water body and fell into the river. When one person slipped into the water, two other students tried to save him. But they, too, fell into the river. The resort owner, Abraham, was familiar with the river, but he too lost his life trying to to save the others,’’ said police.
Police said locals fished out the bodies and took them to the government hospital at Perumbavoor.
Teachers at the college said the three students were part of the Malayalam Literature Society.
Society members organise a trip to Kerala each year. A woman warden had accompanied them this time.
Patel and Chandra were in the final year of the undergraduate programme, while Jose had recently joined the college.
“We are trying to help out the parents in any way we can. We will share any details when we can,” Varghese said.
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