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Mumbai: Selfie craze takes life of a 20-year-old youth


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Mumbai: In yet another case of selfie craze going extreme, a 20-year-old youth lost his life over this. The said incident happened when a group of six-seven Chembur-based youngsters went to Badlapur to celebrate their Christmas vacation but one of them drowned while trying to click selfie in the Badlapur river on Sunday.

His body (victim) was fished out on Monday afternoon by local swimmers who joined the rescue efforts. The boy who died was a resident of Mankhurd and has been identified as Shahid Shaikh and the police is closely investigating the case, reported The Asian Age.

According to the Badlapur police, the youngsters were on a three-day holiday to celebrate Christmas. On Sunday, the 20-year-old went near the river and was clicking selfies. While clicking selfies he stepped on a rock and slipped and fell into the water. His friends were unable to find him and called on the villagers for help.

One of the villagers said, “Some of our swimmers went looking for him but could not his find him, so we called the cops. On Monday, we found the body a kilometer away from the spot.” Badlapur police station SPI JA Agarkar said, “We are investigating the case and will be talking to the deceased’s friends. We have registered an ADR in the case.”

This case is not a one-off incident as in recent past many youths have lost their lives over the selfie obsession and last month a Navi Mumbai college student in Nashik died after drowning in the Waldevi dam while trying to take a selfie. He was part of a group of 10 students, who went for a picnic to the dam near Ghoti in Nashik district. Sourabh Jagannath Chulbhar (18) lost his balance while attempting to take his picture.