In a tragic incident, four men, including three students from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi drowned in Periyar river in Kerala on Friday evening.
The students were identified as- Anubhav Chandra, Aditya Patel, both 3rd year Sanskrit students, and Kenneth Jose, 1st year Chemistry. They had gone to Kerala as part of a group of 11 students and 2 wardens to visit famous tourist spots. Kenneth was a native of Wayanad, reports said. The fourth person, Benny Abraham, their classmate Maria Benny’s father, owned the resort where the students were staying.
According to the police, the incident occurred when Kenneth and Benny tried to save Anubhav and Aditya who had ventured into an unfenced point, which was strictly off-limits to tourists, and got caught in a whirlpool.
The bodies of all the four were recovered by local people before the Fire and Rescue Services personnel arrived on the scene. The bodies were later taken to the Taluk Hospital at Perumbavoor. The spot, Paniyeli Poru, is known for its death traps for tourists because of strong undercurrents, though the water is only few feet deep, police said.
St. Stephen’s Principal John Varghese confirmed the news saying it was true and they were in the process of finding out more details. The students were on the 3rd day of their 7-day trip, wherein Anubhav had even shared a picture of their visit to the Church , just a few hours before the accident.
The students of St. Stephen’s College are devastated upon hearing the news.
Team UE expresses its condolences to their family and friends.