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Body of third medico drowned in Visvesvaraya Canal recovered

February 14, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 09:00 am IST - Mandya:

The body of House Surgeon Girish, who was swept away in Visvesvaraya Canal, near Keregodu in Mandya taluk on Friday evening, was found at Chamalapura on Saturday evening.

The rescue team comprising a large number of personnel from the departments of police and fire and emergency services, along with local swimmers, searched in about five km in the canal before finding the partially decomposed body of Girish.

Later, the body was shifted to the Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS).

Post-mortems

Meanwhile, the post-mortem of two other house surgeons, Jeevan and Shruthi, was conducted at MIMS here on Saturday. Subsequently, the bodies were handed over to their relatives and transported them to their houses at Bengaluru.

The victims and their two friends, Gowtham Patel and Sindhu from Vijayanagar in Mysuru, had gone to the canal on Friday to spend their evening there.

While Jeevan and Shruthi drowned, Mr. Patel and Ms. Sindhu were rescued by local residents.

All the five residential interns (House Surgeons) from MIMS were practising at the primary health centre (PHC) in Keregodu.

Relatives of Ms. Shruthi have alleged that the victims had forcibly taken Ms. Shruthi to the canal.

Ms. Shruthi’s father Guruprakash is a small-time businessman at Rajajinagar in Bengaluru. He had struggled a lot for her education. One of her friends, who was also in the group, had forcibly taken her to the canal, they told presspersons on the MIMS premises on Saturday.

According to local people, the same group had recently played and taken selfie photographs at the same place a few days ago. “The survivors are in a shock and we will record their statements for investigation,” a senior police official said.The Keregodu police have registered a case on Saturday.

Awareness

The tragedy has prompted the district police to create awareness among youngsters about the danger of venturing into canals.

The young house surgeons lost their balance while taking selfies and fell into the canal. Incidents of students, especially from other districts and States, frequently visiting canals in Mandya district to play and swim have been increasing. The Police Department has installed caution boards at popular water bodies and picnic spots in the district. Plans are afoot to put up caution boards at dangerous spots along the canals and to request the local people to educate youngsters on the dangers of entering the water, a senior police official said.

A large number of personnel from the departments of police and fire and emergency services were involved in the search operation

Body of Girish sent to MIMS for post-mortem

Police plan to put up caution boards at dangerous spots along the canal

Local people to be requested to caution visitors against venturing into the canal

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