Bengaluru: Six children are feared dead after they drowned during a Ganesha idol immersion in Maradaghatta village of Karnataka's Kolar district on Tuesday.
Four boys and two girls — all aged between 7 and 12 — drowned on Tuesday evening in Marikunte lake where they had reportedly taken their handcrafted clay Ganesha idol for immersion. The children hailed from Maradagatti village in Kolar Gold Fields (KGF) taluk of the district and were identified as Rakshitha, Tejaswi, Veena, Vyshnavi, Rohit and Dhanush.
According to preliminary information by locals and police officials, the parents of the six children were unaware about their whereabouts. A few villagers observed the children drowning in the lake and rushed to rescue them. But before they were brought out of the water, the children had stopped breathing. They were immediately rushed to KGF Hovernment Hospital, where doctors declared them dead upon arrival.
KGF Superintendent of Police Mohammed Sujeeta visited the spot. A case of unnatural death has been registered with Baithamangala police station under whose jurisdiction it falls.
Karnataka government announces Rs. 2 lakh compensation for the family of each of the six children.
However, Baithamangala police said the children were out for a swim in Maradaghatta lake and had drowned.