Saturday, February 20, 2010

Drunk youth drowns in Rang De Basanti stepwell

JAIPUR: A 22-year-old youth drowned in a stepwell on Nahargarh hills on Thursday afternoon. His body was fished out and rushed to SMS Hospital but he was declared brought dead.

The police said a portion of Aamir Khan-starrer Rang De Basanti was shot at the same stepwell. The stepwell, incidentally, is called Rang De Basanti.
The deceased had gone there for a picnic with three friends and they were allegedly in an inebriated condition when the incident took place. The police said slippers of the deceased had fallen into the stepwell and in a bid to take it out, he took the plunge. The stepwell was filled up to 15 feet with water and mud.
The deceased, Rakesh Kumar, is a resident of Nahargarh area. Ahmed Asif, in charge of Brahmpuri police station, said "Rakesh had gone there for picnic with his friends. They were suspected to be drunk when the incident took place."
As there was water and mud up to 15 feet in the stepwell, he could not swim out . "When his friends, identified as Lalchand, Pradeep and Ritesh, saw him drowning, they raised an alarm and asked people to help, but all efforts were futile. They informed the police after which his body was fished out," said the in charge.
"We rushed him to SMS Hospital but doctors declared him brought dead. A post mortem has been carried out and the report has been handed over to the family members," the officer added.
The incident shocked locals. As the stepwell is frequented by a lot of tourists, they gathered at the spot. The police had earlier claimed that they do not allow youngsters to have liquor in the area, but the residents alleged that it's a regular feature.

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