Highlighting the need for proper barricades around public drains, two individuals from Shivaji Nagar in Govandi, Mumbai, drowned on Monday in a pit dug by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Mohammad Imran Khan, 28, and Mohammad Nizamuddin Qureshi, 28, were car-washers by profession. It is believed that the duo had gone to the drain to draw water from it when one of them fell inside the drain. Since both of them did not know how to swim, the latter individual who jumped into the 10X30 feet deep drain drowned with his friend.

Firefighters and rescue men fished out the bodies of the duo with the help of ropes, hook anchors and bamboo. They were declared as brought dead at the local hospital.

Police in Deonar have registered a case of accidental death and are investigating the matter.

“The duo may have ventured inside to fetch water as they washed cars in the locality. While there are no witnesses in the case, we suspect one may have fallen and the other, too, drowned in an attempt to save the other,” police said.