A 17-year-old PU student of National College, Jayanagar, drowned in a pond while his friends, unaware of the incident, were taking a selfie in the pond at Ramagondlu Betta of Kanakapura at Ramanagara district around 40 km from Bengaluru, on Sunday.

The cadets, all pre-university course students of National College in the city’s south suburb, had started off for trekking on Saturday and camped at the foothills for an overnight stay. Police said around 25 students, as part of National Cadet Corps (NCC), had gone to the hill for trekking. Five senior NCC cadets approached the faculty members and asked them for the permission. Professors Girish and Sharath are said to have given them permission.

A selfie taken by a group of students from a Bengaluru college shows one of them drowning in the background in a large pond on the outskirts of the IT hub. The cadets were taking a selfie in the pond and did not notice that Vishwas was drowning just behind them.

Moreover, the complaint lodged with us does not mention any negligence on the part of those present”, Ramesh said. Vishwas’s father, Govindaiah, an auto driver, filed a complaint with the police in which he alleged that the college did not inform him about the incident and that he learned about it from Vishwas’ friends. The body of Vishwas G was shifted to Sri Rajarajeshwari Medical College Hospital on Mysuru Road for the postmortem.

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