Brother-sister drown in canal  as water released for Daund, Indapur

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Pune, May 5 – A brother sister duo aged 7 and 8 years were washed away in the canal after water was released from Khadakwasla dam for water starved Daund and Indapur on Wednesday.

The children are suspected to have fell into the canal while playing in Vadgaon Budruk. Their bodies were recovered around 9.30 am on Thursday near Empress garden, about 15 km away from the spot.

The deceased Krishna  Balu Dhande (7) and Laxmi Balu Dhande (8), both resided in the slum near Funtime multiplex on Sinhgad Road in Vadgaon Budruk.

Their father is no more and mother has remarried to relative. She works as labourer. So the children lived with their grandmother Vimal Shankar Pawar (45) in Navi Sangvi. Krishna studied in class first while Laxmi was a student of class three. They had gone to their mother’s place to spend the summer vacations.

A total of over 600 cusecs water was released from the Khadakwasla dam on Wednesday after. The water flow was high which washed away Krishna and Laxmi. When their mother returned from work in the late afternoon, they were found missing. After searching for them in the neighborhoods, the grandmother Vimal lodged a missing complaint with Sinhgad road police station. As they were minors, police had registered a case of kidnapping.

On Thursday around 9.30 am, some people spotted their bodies in the canal at Shivarkar bungalow near Empress garden and informed the police and fire brigade. The fireman fished out the bodies who were later identified as that of Krishna and Laxmi.