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Updated: July 17, 2012 13:17 IST

It took 42 hours to trace Satwik’s body

    Kavya P. Kadame
    Aditya Iyer
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The body of Satwik Shastri, an IT professional who went trekking in the Bannerghatta forests was found on Monday afternoon. A slipper belonging to his friend Ashish was found some distance from his body. Photo: Kavya Kadame
The body of Satwik Shastri, an IT professional who went trekking in the Bannerghatta forests was found on Monday afternoon. A slipper belonging to his friend Ashish was found some distance from his body. Photo: Kavya Kadame

Local community says it should have been roped in earlier

The search launched on Sunday morning by Forest and Police Department personnel to trace Satwik Shastri, the IT professional who went missing in the forests of the Bannerghatta National Park, failed to yield any results till the local villagers joined them.

After receiving the missing complaint, the Bannerghatta Park Police and Forest Department personnel began searching. However, they had made no progress when they called it off for the day at 6.30 p.m. On Monday morning, they intensified their search with 10 different teams comprising about 100 personnel.

Initial snub

Curiously, they reportedly snubbed offers from residents of Ragehalli village to join the search operations on Sunday as well as Monday morning. But, when the search teams failed to track down Satwik after scouring the region till 11.30 a.m. on Monday, the authorities relented and allowed some 10 local residents to join them.

“And within two hours, we successfully led them to the spot in Niranigundi region in Ragehalli forests, where Satwik’s body was found,” said Srinivas, a resident of Ragehalli village. A sandal left behind by Ashish Shenoi, IT employee and part of the trio which had entered the forest area, led the search team to believe it was on the right track. And sure enough there was Satwik’s body. “It was found in the bushes, badly mauled by an apparent elephant attack,” said Mr. Srinivas. It lay about 300 metres away from the jungle path trekkers usually take.

Meanwhile, Deputy Superintendent of Bangalore Rural District Police A. Kumaraswamy said a police team led by Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of Police Vishwanath traced the body but acknowledged the presence of local residents in the team that successfully located Satwik.

Bad weather

When it was pointed out to Additional Superintendent of Bangalore District Police Nagaraj that it had taken the more than 42 hours to trace the body, he said the search operations on Sunday had been hampered by the drizzle and cloudy weather.

But Mr. Srinivas had the last word: Satwik’s body could have been traced earlier had the authorities allowed the local community to join the search team.

i feel very sad for that guy who lost his life.
his friends should have informed about the rattling sound before itself
satwik could have been saved.
my prayers are there for you satwik rest in peace.

from:  kavya
Posted on: Jul 18, 2012 at 16:45 IST

Sorry for the man who lots his life.
Its also sad that people are so unaware of the consequences of moving in a rough terrine like a forest.

Members in the group were wearing slippers for a tough trek through the forest. It was an elephant it could have been a snake or a scorpion.

very disappointed at the preparedness of the people who go into forests.

from:  shekhar
Posted on: Jul 17, 2012 at 18:39 IST
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