Chikkamagaluru, Oct 9: Three children drowned in a lake after they got stuck in the slush in Kenchinakatte lake, in Bilekal village on the outskirts of Chikkamagaluru city on Monday evening.
The victims have been identified as Jivith, 14, Murali Karthik, 14, and Chirag 16, all three are residents of the Housing Board Colony in the city.
Jivith and Murali Karthik, were students of class VIII in a city school while Chirag was a class X student of another school.
According to police, on Monday afternoon, all the three took their cycles and rode to Kenchinakatte lake without informing their parents. The lake was filled with slush from the recent flood and landslide.
The incident came to light when the parents alerted Chikkamagaluru city police on Monday evening saying their children are missing. Police alerted their counterparts across the district.
Locals who had seen three kids playing near the lake alerted police of the same. They informed police that the cycles and slippers are lying on the river bank.
Police rushed to the spot and launched a search operation with the help of fire and emergency department personnel. “We found one body on Monday night. Two bodies were retrieved from the lake on Tuesday morning,” said police.
All the three are children of fruit and vegetable sellers. The bodies were handed over to the parents after a postmortem.