COIMBATORE: A seven-year-old boy drowned in a pond near Kasthuri Garden at Podanur on Saturday evening while trying to take a rubber ball that fell in it when he was playing with his friends.
The Podanur police identified the deceased as R Surya, son of 30-year-old K Ramasamy, a mason from Kasthuri Garden at Pillaiyarpuram. Police said Ramasamy’s wife had eloped with another person two years ago and his parents were looking after his two children, including the boy.
“When he returned from work on Saturday, his neighbours told him that his son had fallen in the nearby pond while trying to take the ball that fell into it and they had alerted the fire and rescue services personnel as his friends’ efforts to rescue him went in vain,” a police officer said. Meanwhile, fire fighters reached the spot, retrieved the boy’s body from the pond and sent it to the Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital for postmortem. The Podanur police have registered a case.