Children, mostly boys took to performing dangerous stunts from a railway overbridge built on Gill canal here in Ludhiana.
Whenever a train approached, the children climb railways track and jump into a nearby canal, throwing caution out of the window. Local police say whenever they attempt to nab those boys, they fail as the boys inevitably manage to give them the slip.
"It has been 10-15 years since I have been coming here to jump into the canal. If someone is drowning, we save them," says a boy who jumps and pursue this dangerous activity.
According to the police official, Rajan Deep Singh, PCR teams regularly patrol near the railway over bridge.
"We have sent teams to catch those who dive in the canal. It is dangerous. They flee whenever our teams went there. Our PCR team is conducting patrolling in that area," he said.
Locals say it is thrilling to bathe in the canal and they are taking care to save those who come here and do not know swimming.
"I do not have fear since I have been coming here since childhood. We do not let those swim who can do it," another diver said.
Earlier in March, a student studying in 12th standard had jumped into a canal allegedly worrying over the board exams results and his body fished out from Sirhind Canal in Ludhiana district The victim was identified as Arshjyot Singh (17) who was a resident of Urna village in Ludhiana. The Police had said that he had left home for school to appear for the board exam on March 13, but did not reach the school. According to the victim's father, his son jumped in the canal due to exam fear. Asper reports, he was depressed as earlier exams did not go well and was not prepared for the exam on March 13.
(With ANI inputs)