Mine had turned into deep ditch filled with water

Guna : Seven boys drowned in a pond at Laluatora area in the district on Sunday, police said. The group of boys had gone to the pond in Laluatora, nearly 15 kms from here, for bathing. Initial investigations suggest that they slipped into the deep water and drowned, police said.

 One body was seen floating in the pond in the evening while clothes of some of the other boys were also found near the water body. Soon after receiving an alert, police pressed into service divers and fished out the remaining bodies. All the deceased, aged between 10-14 years, were residents of Piprauda village.

At least seven children were reported drowned in Laluatora stone quarry near village Piproda Khurd under Guna Cant police station on Sunday.

According to sources, all the seven deceased children had gone near the quarry to collect donation for Navratri festival. On spotting water in the quarrys, they jumped in to bathe and drowned.

Sources said that when workers could not see the children, they rushed near the quarrys and saw the head of one child. The workers immediately called on fellow workers and fished out the bodies of all seven children from the quarry.

Workers informed the police, who recovered the bodies and sent to district hospital where doctors declared them brought dead. The deceased children were identified as Ranveer Kauri (12), Dilip Kushwaha (12), Vikas Kauri (13), Golu Kauri (12), Aanand (14), Tillu (13), and Karan Kushwaha (10).

Sources said that Tillu and Karan were real brothers and their father had died few months ago.

Meanwhile, Guna MP and Congress chief whip in the Lok Sabha, Jyotiraditya Scindia, has asked the district authority to immediately provide financial aid to the families of the deceased. He also said officials should take steps to ensure that such tragedy does not occur again.

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