Varanasi: Five teenaged boys drowned in the Ganga river here while taking a bath on Friday morning.
Initial reports said that the boys were making a TikTok video when one of them slipped into the water while the others drowned while trying to save him.
The boys, aged between 14 and 17 of Veeragadhi village under Ram Nagar police station had gone to Sipahiya Ghat about a kilometre from their homes along with two other friends to have the bath in the river.
The teenagers first made a TikTok video on the river bank before taking the plunge, during which one of them began drowning and in a bid to rescue him, four others too drowned.
However, PRO Sanjay Tripathi in the SSP office denied this and said that they had waded into deep waters and drowned.
Boys had gone for a dip in the Ganga without letting their families
Divers were pressed into service to rescue the boys, whose bodies were later retrieved.
The bodies were taken to the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital in Ram Nagar where the doctors declared all the five as brought dead.
The deceased have been identified as Tausif, 19, Fardeen, 14, Saif,15, Rizwan,15, and Saki, 14.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed grief over the incident. He has asked senior officials to provide relief to the family members of the deceased.
Source: New Indian Express