BAREILLY: An 18-year-old youth lost his life while trying to win a bet of Rs 500 by swimming across a pond at a village in Budaun on Friday evening. He took up his friends’ challenge and jumped into the pond without knowing how to swim.
This incident took place in Saidpur village under the limits of the Wazirganj police station. Mohammed Dilshad, with his younger brother Faizan, went to meet his friends near the village pond. While they were chatting next to a bonfire, one of them challenged the friends to swim across the pond.
Dilshad and his friend Shadab accepted the bet of Rs 500 and removed their clothes to jump. However, Shadab changed his mind while Dilshad jumped in and drowned.
Dilshad used to work in Vapi district of Gujarat and had come home to meet the family on the New Year. He was supposed to return to work on Sunday.
Police were immediately informed by locals residents, following which circle officer Pawan Kumar, along with SHO (Wazirganj) Dhananjay Kumar, rushed to the spot.
The SHO said, “The body was recovered after an hour-long rescue operation. The victim’s brother said that Dilshad jumped into the pond to win a bet despite not knowing how to swim. The water was ice cold as the temperature was nearly 9 degrees Celsius. We have recorded the statements of eyewitnesses and family members. No complaint has been lodged by the victim’s family in this case so far.”
A rescue operation was carried out by police with the support of expert divers and fishermen and the body was taken out of the pond using a fishing net. Police handed over the body to the family after the autopsy.

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