Hyderabad: One stroke of fate devastated three families in the city, with a holiday going horribly wrong just when they were enjoying it to the hilt.
For Prakash and Aruna, the parents of Pravallika, Pavithra and Pavani, all three who drowned died in a lake at Gangavathi in Karnataka on Monday, all dreams lay shattered in front of them as the bodies reached their home here at Badichowdi in Sultan Bazaar on Tuesday.
“I thought you will return home safe like any other day. Little did I know you will abandon me instead. You all were my hope and I lived only because of you,” weeped Aruna.
Gangavathi is Aruna’s home, with her mother living there. The family visited the village every year and would also visit the Goddess Durga temple in Hemagudda.
This year, however, things were a little different. Prakash was not well and was reluctant.
“But the three managed to convinced him and we finally went,” Aruna said.
They went on November 2 in a group of 10, along with other relatives, including Raghavender, a private employee and G Ashish Mudhiraj, a Class 10 student of St Rita High School. The uncle and nephew from Bowenpally too met the same watery grave as the three sisters.
According to relatives, the group was enjoying the trip and on Monday, after darshan in the temple in the morning, had headed to the ill-fated swim in the nearby lake. As Prakash was ill, he and Aruna had stayed back in the village, while the sisters along with Raghavender and Ashish had gone to the temple. The parents were not told about the plan to go swimming.
“We thought they went to take bath under a tap, but they went to the lake near the temple instead. The lake which is amidst the rocks usually does not have much water. But unfortunately, on Monday more than 14 feet of water was there,” said Prakash, still in a state of shock, adding that it was around 12.30 pm that they received a call from the local police on the tragedy.
The houses of Raghavender and Ashish at New Bowenpally too witnessed similar heartbreaking scenes as the bodies were brought there before the funeral.