Nagpur: Body of Yash Narendra Meshram, who had, along with some friends, gone to Waki Lake, some 30km from Nagpur on Saoner Road on Tuesday, was traced in the evening on the same day. The body was retrieved by a team of divers deployed at the lake by police.
The incident took place on Independence Day when a group of seven friends had gone Waki for a picnic. All the friends were seated near the shores of the lake. It is learnt that Yash was insisting on venturing out in the lake. However, other friends warned him not to do so. One of the friends even slapped Yash when he refused to heed to the warning. But still Yash jumped into the lake water. Another friend named Rohit followed suit.
However, when Rohit saw Yash struggling in deep waters he came back to shores. In the meantime, Yash was finding it difficult to stay afloat in the deep waters and ultimately drowned even before other friends could raise an alarm. Police were informed about the incident. Teams from Khaparkheda and Parseoni Police Stations reached the spot and tried to trace body of Yash. Divers were also summoned. Finally, Yash’s body was fished out in the evening. All the friends were residents of Gittikhadan area of the city.
Waki is notorious for drowning accidents. Police claimed that though there were signboards warning people about dangerous spots and strong currents, most picnickers ignored them. Cops claimed that the group of friends must have chosen to ignore warnings in the signboards in which names of victims of the past were also written.
Police have registered a case of accidental death.