Five NCC cadets from Delhi drown in Kerala
Five cadets of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) from Delhi, who were taking part in a national trekking camp at Malayatoor forest range in Ernakulam district, drowned in Periyar river in Kerala on Wednesday.
According to forest officials, the students drowned while they were bathing in the river around 11.30 am. There were around 750 cadets from across the country taking part in the eight-day national level trekking camp, which started on December 23. The bodies of the cadets have been kept at the St Thomas hospital, Malayatoor.
"We had given strict instructions to the NCC authorities not to allow the students to get into the river for swimming as the area was highly dangerous due to sudden strong undercurrents in the river," said Saseendran Thundathil, range officer, Malayatoor.
The spot where the students drowned, Paniyeli Poru, is a restricted area and has been identified as a dangerous spot. According to locals, the cadets themselves led the rescue operations and retrieved the bodies.
The camp is being organised by the Ernakulam NCC Group of Kerala NCC Directorate. Students had their base camp at the St Thomas high school Malayatoor and had gone trekking in the last two days as part of the camp activities.
The dead have been identified as Gulvez Ahamed, (18), S/o Muhammed Kafeel from Old Govindapuram in Delhi, Dilshan Allam,(18) from Sakeer Nagar, Okhla in New Delhi, Hemanth Kumar, (16), S/o Anand Puri from Tuqlaqbad extension, Muhammed Sishan (18), S/o Mohammed Wasim Ahammed from Okhla, New Delhi and Tabish Bakri (18), S/o Shahid Hussain from Moti Mahal, Saeed Nagli in Uttar Pradesh.
- Asian Tribune -