Velliangiri, 21, a resident of Sivanandapuram in Mettupalayam, drowned in the Bhavani River at Mettupalayam in Coimbatore district on Wednesday.

According to sources, Velliangiri had entered the river along with his family members to immerse the ashes of his grandmother, who died on Tuesday.

However, water released from Pilloor Dam resulted in a sudden rise in water level, and this is said to have led to the drowning of Velliangiri.

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