The accident occurred on Sunday evening when a group of 10 men, between 21 and 28 years, were out on a fishing boat on the Venna River near the city of Nagpur.
Police chief Chandrashekhar Bahadure said the boatman rescued two men and three bodies were fished out yesterday.
“During initial investigations, we found that the group was busy taking videos and selfies on the boat that is suspected to have caused the tragedy,” Bahadure said.
“The men had also posted a video on Facebook minutes before the boat tipped over.”.
India has had the highest number of selfie-related deaths, according to new research.
A study by Carnegie Mellon University found that between March 2014 and September 2016, 60 percent of the 127 “selfie deaths” across the world, occurred in India.