A 24-year-old man from Andhra Pradesh who was visiting his friends in Hyderabad fell into an open drain at Saroornagar in Hyderabad. Rescue officials found his body five kilometres away after an 18-hour long search on Sunday.
Harish, an ITI graduate from Gundur town, Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh was in the city in search of a job. At around 6 pm on Saturday, Harish reached his friends home at Kodandaram Nagar near Eidgah in Saroornagar. The room was locked as his friends were away at the time.
After keeping his bag at the doorstep, Harish went to attend nature’s call at a toilet next to a drain leading to the Musi river. He slipped and fell into the drain on his way back from the toilet according to an elderly woman, who was an eyewitness to the accident. Police said, the elderly woman alerted the locals who tried searching but found no trace of the youth, who got washed away.
Soon, officials from the fire department, disaster relief and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) visited the spot and launched a rescue operation.
However, there was not much the team could do as the drain where Harish fell in went underground about 50 meters from the accident spot, reported Deccan Chronicle.
Rescue officials dug at five locations along the underground drain and rescue personnel carrying oxygen cylinders entered the drains but yet could not trace the missing youth.
Saroornagar inspector, N Ch Rangaswamy told The New Indian Express, "We informed the residents of all the colonies lying along the canal and circulated a message to all police stations. On Sunday afternoon, locals at Chaithanyapuri saw a body floating on the drain there and informed us,".