The search operation for the nine-year-old girl began on Sunday morning and is still going on.

Bike accident in Andhra leaves two men dead and a 9-year-old missing in riverImage For Representation
news Accident Monday, December 14, 2020 - 18:28

A family of three, who was travelling on a two-wheeler, fell into the Swaranmukhi river when another two-wheeler hit them near Naidupet in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. While a nine-year-old girl got washed away in the river, her parents managed to escape. Meanwhile, the two of the three men on the other two-wheeler died on the spot. The incident took place on Saturday night.

The local police, along with the Fire Department, began search operations to find the nine-year-old girl, identified as Pravallika, early Sunday morning. However, there has been no trace of the girl as of Monday evening. Pravallika and her parents — Manuganuri Murali (30) and Sujatha (27) — were travelling to towards their home in Thummuru village after visiting a temple at Thimmaji Kandrika when the accident took place.

On Saturday night, three friends, Katuru Naguru (23), Trinath (21) and Sai (22) were reportedly in an inebriated state when their bike rammed into the family’s vehicle. According to reports, they were heading to Naidupet, and the bike was being driven by Naguru with Sai and Trinath as pillion riders.

Naidupet Circle Inspector Venugopal Reddy told TNM that Sai and Trinath died as they had suffered grievous head injuries and that the search for the child is still going on. "We haven’t traced the child yet. We have deployed divers, fire department personnel. The revenue department is helping us with boats," the CI said.

Meanwhile, Naguru has been booked under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) under the Indian Penal Code.

Earlier this week, on December 9, three persons were killed and six others injured when a car hit a lorry in Takkellapadu village of Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh. The Chillakallu police told media that the incident took place at 2.30 am when a family from Madhira town of Telangana was returning after visiting a temple at Vemulawada at Rajanna Sircilla district.

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