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19 November 2017 Last updated 1 hour ago

Teenager drowns after dare by friends to cross Jhelum river

Teenager Ali Abrar who was drowned in the Jhelum river. Still from Youtube video Teenager Ali Abrar who was drowned in the Jhelum river.

The footage of a Pakistani teenaged boy’s death by drowning in the Jhelum river has gone viral on social media. The 19-year-old Ali Abrar dived into the swirling waters of the river when his friends dared him to jump. The friends could be heard in the video challenging him to swim across the river.

Abrar was promised Rs15,000 cash and a mobile phone in exchange if he did so.

Earlier, Abrar and his five friends had arrived at Kohala bridge from Gujarat. He took up the challenge and jumped into the waters, only to be carried away by the strong currents.

The authorities were searching for his body, even as 24 hours had passed since the incident.

The group of friends have been held in the custody of Bakaut area and a case had been against registered against them on the complaint of Abrar’s father.

The report also mentioned that a week ago, five people from the same family was drowned at Hawkesbay beach, Karachi, while bathing in the sea. The incident occurred despite the provincial government having imposed a ban on swimming in the area.