School Boys Die of Drowning in a Pond in Patna

Two boys drown in a pond in Patna on Tuesday.

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Patna: In a tragic accident, two boys aged 12 and 13 died when they drowned while swimming in a pond inside Dragon Park near Pataliputra Roundabout in Patna on Tuesday.

Praveen Kumar and Deepak Kumar, both 5th grade students of Kamala Nehru School, allegedly jumped over the closed park fence to swim in the pond inside the Dragon Park. However, they misjudged the depth of the pond due to flooding caused by incessant rain for the past few days and went underwater never to come out again.

Seeing them drowning, a woman who happened to be in the area, cried for help. Some people then jumped into the pond and pulled back the two boys to surface. They were sent to a nearby hospital where both died shortly.

Praveen was the son of Kashi Rai and Dipak was the son of Harihar Rai – both neighbors in Bindeshwari Nagar under Pataliputra police station.

Grieving family members said they were not aware that the District Magistrate had ordered closure of schools for children up to Class VIII. The two friends went to school on Monday morning only to find school closed. The two then returned home, dropped their school bags and left to swim in the pond in the Dragon Park.

The bodies of the two boys were sent for autopsies and later handed over to their families.

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