Mumbai: Three sisters, aged 13, 10 and eight years, drowned in a construction pit on Monday afternoon at Panvel. The pit, as wide as a pond, had been dug for widening of the platform on Panvel railway station. The sisters would often go there to play and swim. According to police sources, the three were daughters of migrant labourers from Amravati district of Maharashtra. The couple sold balloons and lived on the footpath adjacent to Panvel railway station.
On Monday, the three girls sneaked out as their parents were taking an afternoon nap and wandered off to play by the construction pit. From this spot, they could also see the trains up close, which they liked, said police. Then they decided to go for a swim.
The child aged 10, went too far inside the pit while swimming and began to drown. The other two siblings began to cry for help and went to her rescue. In the process, all three lost their lives. Some passers-by attempted to rescue the girls, but they had gone too deep inside the construction pit.
The locals then called the fire brigade and police. By the time the firemen arrived, it was too late and all they could do was to retrieve the three bodies. The girls were taken to the civic hospital in Panvel, but were declared dead due to drowning, said an investigating officer. Panvel Police have registered an accidental death report.
The police said the construction site was usually deserted between 2.30 pm and 5.30 pm, as the workers would take a break. The construction site was always barricaded, said Rajesh Babshetty, senior police inspector of Panvel Government Railway Police (GRP). Investigations are underway, police said.