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Three teenagers drown in Gambhiri river in Chittor

Udaipur : A pall of gloom descended on Magistrate colony of GandhiNagar  area in Chittorgarh where three boys, who had gone to bathe , drowned in the Bagliya Deh zone of the Gambhiri river on Sunday while the fourth one had a miraculous escape after being helped by a passerby who fished into the water and pulled the boy out in time.”Two of the deceased were real brothers while the third one was their paternal cousin  who drowned while trying to save each other. A case has been registered under section 174 of the CrPc” SHo Kotwali police station OmPrakash Solanki said.

The deceased  were indentified as Riyaz (16) and Danish (13) both sons of Abdul Latif, and their paternal aunt’s son Nadeem (15) while Nadeem’s brother Moin (13) was rescued. According to family sources, the four boys had left home saying that they were going to the Madarsa however, they changed their mind and went to the BagliyaDeh area to take a dip in the river.

While bathing, Nadeem didnt realize he had gone far ahead in deep waters and as he began to sink, he cried for help. His brother and two cousins who rushed to help, unfortunately, sank with him. Raju, a youth who worked for Riyaz’s grandfather Shaukat Ali in his tent business, happened to be in the same location and he jumped into the river to save the kids. He pulled out Moin first and so the other boys one by one,however, three of them had died by then. The bodies were taken to Sanwaliya hospital where autopsies were conducted.

Family members of the three boys are in a state of shock. Women in the household wailed over the shocking deaths of their children. Meanwhile, at the hospital, political  dignitaries including Municipal Council chairperson Geeta Devi, former Municipality chairman Ramesh Nath and many others arrived to extend their condolences on the tragedy. Grief hit the locality as the bodies arrived home in ambulance. Large number of people gathered outside Shaukat Ali’s home. According to colony people, the old man was known for his simplicity and quite a known name in the area. His son Latif had only two sons Riyaz and Danish whose death was a bolt for the entire family. Shaukat’s daughter lived in Baral in Vijaynagar and her sons Nadeem and Moin had come to their grandfather’s home.

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