The body of police Sub-Inspector Kota Vamsidhar who washed away in a canal in Andhra Pradesh's Krishna district was retrieved on Sunday, twenty four hours after he went missing on Saturday. The 33-year-old police officer was travelling with his mother to attend a wedding when his car plunged into a canal.
The car which Vamsidhar and his mother Kota Lakshmi (55) were travelling in, plunged into the Krishna Eastern Bank (KEB) Canal at Avanigadda, Krishna district on Saturday. The two were on their way to his village at Ismail Begpet in Krishna district. The car fell into the canal after hitting the wall of a bridge near Papavinasanam village, under the Ghantasala police limits. One of the tyres of the car was found to be punctured.
While the officer managed to rescue his mother from the car and brought her to safety. He was washed away as he returned back to the car, stuck in the canal, to retrieve their belongings. He drowned before locals could reach for help, say police.
According to the police, there was heavy flow of water in the canal due to recent rains in the district.
“Vamsidhar reportedly grew tired after rescuing his mother. He drowned before the locals rushed to the spot,” said V Pothuraju, District Superintendent of Police (DSP) for Avanigadda told The Hindu.
The officer was working at Ramachandrapuram in East Godavari district and was a national archer, he got selected as an SI in 2012 under the sports quota.
Rescue workers found the body of the police officer about 20 km from the place where his car plunged into the canal.