KOLLAM: Two students were drowned in the Kallada River at Ottakkal, near Thenmala, on Saturday afternoon. They have been identified as Sajan Varghese (16) and Shafiq Raj (16). Natives of Punalur, they were Plus One students at the Ottakkal Government Higher Secondary School. They went for a bath in the river with three other classmates. Following repair works at the generation station in the Thenmala dam complex, there was no power generation since the past couple of weeks. As a result the Kallada river had turned virtually dry.
From Friday night the power generation resumed and the water flow along the river course was gradually rising. The students could have been unaware of it. The police said the school had half day’s class on Saturday. While Shafiq’s body was fished out by the Fire Force, Sajan’s body was found late in the evening. The bodies were handed over to the relatives after post- mortem examination at the Punalur Government Hospital.