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Updated: March 2, 2014 22:38 IST

The irony of Pavan’s death

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Pavan Kumar
Pavan Kumar

Expert swimmer, who retrieved bodies from lakes, meets watery grave while trying to retrieve iron rods used in making idols

Luck ran out for Pavan Kumar, who used to assist police in retrieving bodies from Hussainsagar Lake, when he himself drowned on Monday while trying to recover iron rods used for making Ganesh idols.

According to the police, Pavan Kumar, hailing from Khammam, had been helping them fish out bodies from the lake for the last 10 years.

Even when several people were reluctant to jump into the murky waters of the lake, he used to dive for retrieving highly decomposed bodies stuck underwater with the help of a rope.

The police would later preserve them at the Gandhi Hospital mortuary for autopsy. Despite the dangers involved, it was a full-time vocation for Pavan Kumar who used to be paid by the police as well as a few grateful family members of the deceased for his daredevilry.

Pavan Kumar was estimated to have retrieved more than 100 bodies from the lake and also from other water bodies around the city whenever called upon by the police for help.

But, he got drowned when he trying to collect the iron rods underwater.

Pawan Kumar used to stay near Tank Bund and also eke out his livelihood by selling iron rods.

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regarding this i have read an article about this man , donot remember
the specific date of publication,but it was in the-hindu supplement
edition,metro plus about a year back or so.am saddened to see he died in
same waters where he retrieved so many dead bodies.

from:  nathan
Posted on: Feb 28, 2014 at 10:49 IST

Agree with Mr.Vivek's comment. Please desist from using puns in reporting
tragedies.

from:  chaitanya
Posted on: Feb 26, 2014 at 23:30 IST

I hate finding grammatical errors in The Hindu. Proof read before you
publish.

from:  Robin Francis
Posted on: Feb 26, 2014 at 15:57 IST

The pun or whatever that was that comes across as the title of the article is in very poor taste when describing a dead man. God bless his family and prayers for the departed soul.

Request the Hindu to not resort to such cheap journalism, ever. This is not what we as dedicated readers expect from you.

from:  Vivek
Posted on: Feb 26, 2014 at 09:27 IST

Dont we think this guys family needed help. if his story was published
when he was alive, he would have got earned a comfortable life. We need
social organisations who can donate prize money for such daredevils.

from:  ben
Posted on: Feb 26, 2014 at 08:58 IST

Dear Reporter,
Please have some decency and common sense when writing about tragic
incidents. This man is a hero. One of the few who truly contributes in
unique ways to society. Please dont use "ironic" words in a casual way.
In fact I dont see any irony at all, let alone your intended pun.

from:  Prakash Reddy
Posted on: Feb 26, 2014 at 02:00 IST
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