Tamluk: A trip to Mandarmani beach ended in tragedy for two youth who drowned after being swept away by strong waves on Sunday morning.
Subham Agarwal (19) and Mahesh Bhaiyah (18) — both residents of Golabari in Howrah — had ventured into the sea around 9.30am, allegedly ignoring warning from hotel staffers. Their third friend Himangshu, who was standing on the beach, alerted a group of four boatmen who jumped in the sea and rescued Subham, but Mahesh could not be spotted.
They took an unconscious Subham to a local hospital where he was declared dead. An hour later, Mahesh’s body also came floating to the beach. The fourth friend, Harpreet, stayed back in the hotel. The car, a Honday City, in which they were travelling belongs to Harpreet and it was driven by Himangshu.
While Subham was a first-year student of Bhawanipur Gujrati Education Society College on Elgin Road, Mahesh was a Class-XII student of the same institution. They were close friends, police said. Their parents also know each other as their fathers have shops at Nandaram market in Burrabazar and live in separate apartments barely 100 metres apart in Howrah.
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While Subham lived in the fifth floor flat of Poddar Complex on Ramlal Mukherjee Lane, Mahesh used to stay in a third floor flat of Mangalam Apartment on Madhab Ghosh Lane.
“The two had left their homes on Saturday evening and told us that they would spend the night at a friend’s place. The duo also said they would be back home by Sunday evening. I was shocked when police called me on Sunday morning and informed me that my son was dead,” said Ramdin Bhaiyah, Mahesh’s father.
Local councillor Anup Chakraborty said both the youths were well behaved and good elocutionists who regularly took part in school and college debates. After the news of their deaths reached the family members, they along with a few other residents of the area left for Mandarmani. “Subham’s father had also received a call from police and was left dumbstruck. When he told the news to his wife, she fainted,” said a neighbour of the Agarwals.
The Police said the four youths had left for Mandarmani sometime in the wee hours of Sunday and reached their destination early morning. “The hotel staffers said they had warned them not to venture into the sea in the morning during the high tide. While one of them listened to the hotel employees and went back to the room, three others left,” said an officer of Mandarmani coastal police station.
In September last year, three youths were swept away by strong waves in Mandarmani while they were taking bath in the sea. Last August, three youths were killed when the car they were driving on the beach collided head on with another car.