A 22 year-old IIT Powai student drowned to death at Vihar lake today afternoon according to sources in IIT Powai campus. Ankur Abhishek, a 4th year Dual degreee student of Electrical engineering had gone to Vihar lake along with friends when the incident happened.
"He was wading through the water over some rocks with uneven depth with he lost his balance and drowned," said Devang Khakhar, director of IIT Powai confirmed.
Ankur along with his friends had gone to Vihar lake during the morning and the incident happened around noon. "There was no help at hand and they were far away along the shore and over a hillock so to reach IIT for any immediate help was difficult. Even on cell phones it was difficult for them to convey their location to friends and for friends to reach there from hostel," said IIT B in a press release.
The press release further said that it was more than an hour before additional help could reach. It was risky for any one else to attempt to enter the water to search. Finally the lifegurad staff of IIT swimming pool arrived and started searching by diving and the body was recovered, around 3 pm.
The student hails from Patna and his father was informed. It will be tomorrow evening before he can reach. In the meantime an elder sister is likely to reach earlier. Meanwhile campaigning for students' elections were postponed due to the incident. Students' elections are slated for March 8.
The body was later sent to Rajawadi hospital by Powai police. A doctor from forensic department of Rajawadi hospital said, "The body was brought to us around 7 pm. The body had history of drowning. We will now conduct a post mortem."
When the police was contacted- the Powai police station officials and Police control rooms flatly denied any such incident had occurred.