Karnataka: In a tragic incident, A 17-year-old Bengaluru boy drowned in a temple tank in Karnataka’s Ramanagara district while his friends posed for a selfie, unaware that Vishwas G was struggling to stay afloat, police said on Tuesday.

Vishwas was part of a group of NCC cadets who had gone for an outing on Sunday to Kanakapura in Ramanagara district, about 40km from Bengaluru.

They decided to take a dip in a temple tank near Ravagondlu Betta and left the tank after the picnic. The group realised much later that Vishwas was missing, told a college teacher.

“Some students then went through the photos and saw one that had captured the incident,” said the teacher, who spoke on the condition of anonymity fearing reprisal from the administration.

The photograph shows Vishwas drowning – only his hair is visible on the surface of the tank – as the rest of the group smiles for the camera. “However, by the time they reached the spot it had already been an hour and his body was nowhere to be found,” the teacher said.

The college staff then informed police who pulled out the body, a police official said.

Around 25 students were part of the NCC camp and two college staff accompanied them, police said.

One of the students informed Vishwas father, Govindappa, an autorickshaw driver, who filed a police complaint, Ramanagaram superintendent of police Ramesh B said. “We have filed a case of unnatural death based on the complaint,” he said.

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It appeared to be an unfortunate incident which couldn’t be blamed on a student, police said. “Moreover, the complaint lodged with us does not mention any negligence on the part of those present,” Ramesh said.

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