Initial report suggests that the four final year students of Dr B C Roy Engineering College of Durgapur who died after getting drowned in the quicksand of the Damodar riverbed near Durgapur Barrage on Sunday (18 May) were under the influence of alcohol.
“As many as 25 empty beer bottles were found lying in the park on the left bank of the river where the students had camped,” said an official with the Barjora Poloice Station in Bankura. He, however, said: “We shall wait for the post-mortem report to reach a definite conclusion whether alcohol was the key factor behind the casualties.”
The inquest report is likely to be prepared by the Bankura Sammiloni Medical College & Hospital within a couple of days, sources said.
Since 2009, 11 students from different engineering colleges in Durgapur have drowned in the Damodar and the Ajoy.
The frequency of drowning incidents has caused concern among the civil administration, the college authorities and a section of political leaders too. Each year especially during summer, occasional bathing in the river has become a custom of the engineering college students and the 11 students of Dr B C Roy Engineering College revelled likewise on Sunday.
The Barrage on the Damodar is owned and operated by the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC). The DVC authority has washed its hands by sticking a caution board and the casualties have rather established that its of no use.
Concerned citizen and the political fraternity has demanded that the DVC authority should post full time security surveillance in and around the barrage area.
The DVC authority’s caution board also has become wretched. The Durgapur administration, after Sunday’s mishap, has expressed concern and SDM Durgapur, Mrs Kasturi Sengupta told reporters that the frequency of casualties won’t be overlooked and the college authorities will soon be told to take precautionary measures.