19-year-old dies in water park mishap

Friends blame lifeguards for his death

A 19-year-old youth drowned in the swimming pool in outer Delhi’s Splash water park where he had gone with five friends on Wednesday.

Gagandeep Singh did not know how to swim and was declared brought dead at Satyawadi Raja Harish Chander Hospital.

Police said Gagandeep went to the water park with Jaswinder, Simran, Tanvi, Raja and Shanu at 1.30 pm.

The group claimed to have informed the swimming pool’s lifeguard that they were not good at swimming.

The lifeguard was also requested to stay a little closer to them and help if required.
“The pool was crowded due to which nobody noticed Gagandeep drowning. Gagandeep’s friends got worried when they were leaving the pool and he was missing,” said a police officer.

Initially, Gagandeep’s friends believed that he may have left the pool early.
A thorough search was made for Gagandeep, but they did not find him.

Jaswinder told Deccan Herald that no lifeguard was on duty when they returned to the pool. Soon, there was a chaos when Gagandeep was finally taken out of the deep end of the pool. “No life-saving first aid was provided in the water park,” Jaswinder alleged.

Gagandeep was taken to the hospital in a Hyundai Santro provided by the authorities of the water park. He was declared brought dead.

On the basis of Jaswinder’s statement, a case under section 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered with Alipur police station.

It is alleged that the authorities of the water park nor any lifeguard took any necessary step to save Gagandeep’s life. However, police have not made any arrest so far.
Jaswinder said he had made the plan for the group to spend the day at Splash water park on Wednesday.

Gagandeep and Jaswinder were childhood friends and neighbours at Vishnu Garden in west Delhi’s Tilak Nagar.

“We went to the water park during summer months every year,” Jaswinder added.
Jaswinder had called Gagandeep at 11 am and told him about the plan.
Gagandeep replied that he was running short on cash and asked Jaswinder to call his mother for money.

Jaswinder called Gagandeep’s mother, but she said she was not at home and would not give cash to Gagandeep.
“On this, I told Gagandeep that I will buy his ticket and he can return the money later,” Jaswinder said.

The group then gathered at north-west Delhi’s Pitampura. Gagandeep went there on a moped with Simran and Tanvi, Jaswinder on a motorcycle, while Raja was there on another bike with Shanu.
Gagandeep’s death comes less than two weeks after a 13-year-old boy drowned in the swimming pool of a government school in north-east Delhi’s Shahdara.

On May 22, Vishwas Nagar-resident Mukul Sharma had died in the presence of two lifeguards at Babu Ram Government Higher Secondary School. The lifeguards were arrested.

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