An irrigation engineer M. Vijay Kumar drowned in the Kakatiya Canal at Huzurabad in Karimnagar district on Monday midnight after he fell into the waters accidentally. He was on night patrolling in Huzurabad area to check if water was being pilfered by unscrupulous farmers His body was found three km downstream stuck in thorny bushes on a bank. Mr. Kumar, who is in his early 40s, hails from Hanamkonda in Warangal district and is survived by his wife and two children.

Major Irrigation Minister P. Sudarshan Reddy condoled the death and promised to help the engineer’s family.