On Monday (1st Feb ’16), 14 computer science students of Abeda Inamdar College (Pune), were drowned when they ventured into a treacherous sea off the Murud beach, ignoring warnings during a college picnic trip.
The police told that ambulances bearing the bodies of the deceased students (10 girls and four boys), would reach Pune city before evening. Reportedly, six others were rescued by the local people. The bodies of the students, all between 19 to 23 years of age were recovered by the local people and the coast guards.
According to the sources, a group of around 130 persons, including 115 students (BSc Computer Science) and more than 8 teachers and 3 college staff had set out for a college-sponsored picnic trip near Murud beach about 44km from Alibaug town in Raigad district.
The Police officials told sources :
“This is a huge drowning tragedy at Murud beach. The local authorities have put up warning signboards at the beach since there have been drownings here even in the past. The Pune students disregarded the formal warnings to venture into the water a little before 4pm, leading to the deaths”
“The horse tenders and vendors at the beach also tried to stop the students from going into what appears to be “shallow waters”, but they did not listen”
“Some of the students who had ventured a little too far from the shore were caught in the receding tidal waters and swept away”
The deceased youngsters were identified as Rafiya and Shafiya Ansari (the twin sisters), Sumaiya Ansari, Mohammed Ansari, Laxmi Venkatramaniah, Sajeed Chaudhary, Iftekar Shaikh, Samreen Firoz Shaikh, Farin Sayyed, Seefa Kazi, Supriya Swapan, Sana Shaikh, Swapnali Salgar and M Saif Ahmad reportedly.
Meanwhile, as the news of incident the Abeda Inamdar college campus witnessed tense scenes on Monday night with tensed parents and relatives of the students heatedly questioned the college authorities about why the accompanying teaching and non-teaching staff had not dissuaded the students from venturing into the sea.
As per sources, ACP Vasant Tambe and a team of around 50 police personnel were deployed at the college campus to keep the peace.
P A Inamdar, president of the Maharashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society that runs the college, told:
“The students were being adventurous in entering the water but the presence of lifeguards on the beach could have helped avert the tragedy. We are in touch with the teachers and students and all necessary help has been made available. We have also sent a team of college officials to Murud.”
Source: The Hindu