NEW DELHI: A Sunday picnic by seven classmates ended in a grim tragedy when four of the boys, aged 12 to 14 years, drowned in the Yamuna while out on a swim in the morning near the Haryana border in north Delhi. Two of boys were brothers.
Police said the bodies of two victims were fished out by locals but the other two have not been traced yet. The boys lived in Haryana, close to the Delhi border.

One of the boys said all seven had jumped into the river together and were heading to a particular spot. However, after a while, just three of them were swimming while the others were nowhere in sight. The three boys immediately rushed out and tried looking for their friends in vain. They then informed the cops, who alerted the rescue teams. The boys told the police that they had planned to take a bath in the river near their homes. But since the currents there were strong, the boys decided to walk across to Delhi. Cops received a PCR call from one of the boys who had managed to come out of the river safely.

According to the police, the boys studied in the same class and stayed in the same locality as well. Fire officials said they got a call about the incident around 7.30am, after which rescue teams were rushed to the spot. Two bodies, those of Ankit and Lalit, both 13, were pulled out of the river after an hour. The bodies were later shifted to a mortuary. Search operations for the other two – Aditya, 14, and Nitin, 12 – were still on. Ankit and Aditya were brothers.

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