A 27-year-old ayurvedic medicine dealer drowned in the Manchanabele Dam near Ramagondanahalli in Tavarekere on Sunday.

The deceased, S. Murali Kumar of Sahakaranagar, had gone to the dam with two friends, Srivastav and Bhima Shankar, on two motorcycles. After visiting Muktinaga temple they went to the dam and got into the water. Kumar slipped and drowned while his friends were rescued.

The police summoned fire and emergency service officials who fished out the body. Kumar is survived by his wife and an 11-month-old daughter.

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