Seven students were swept away in the Ganga in Kanpur on Wednesday when one of them slipped while trying to click a selfie and the others six jumped in to save him and each other. The incident happened when six youths from Juhi area and one Shivam from Colonelganj area of the district had gone to take a bath in the river after rainfall, SSP Shalabh Mathur said.
Shivam was clicking a selfie while bathing following which he lost his balance and started drowning in the river.
All seven of them, aged under 21 years barring a 31-year-old, have been confirmed dead with police now assuaging aggrieved parents who have since been protesting against what they allege was delay in response. Police said a group of 10 youths was picnicking at Kanpur Ganga barrage Wednesday morning when 19-year-old Shivam stepped into the water to take a selfie and slipped.
A team of divers was deployed to save the youths and their bodies were recovered after two hours, all of them were sent to Medical College Hospital where they were declared dead by the doctors.
The deceased have been identified as Sachin Gupta (21), Bholu Tiwari (20), Rohit (20), Shivam (19), Maqsood (31), Bhola (16) and Satyam (24).