After a missing engineer from Hyderabad was found to have drowned in Lake Victoria in Tanzania, the Indian High Commission there has contacted local government officials to speed up search operations to locate him.
The missing person has been identified as 35-year-old Alugubelly Janardhan Reddy, who was working as a senior planning engineer at Geita Gold Mines in Tanzania.
He moved to Tanzania 10 years ago and had been living there along with his family.
The incident took place on January 21 when Janardhan, along with two of his colleagues, went to the lake for a trip to Rubondo Island.
â€śOf the three, Janardhan was the last one to dive into the water body. A brief moment after he dived, his colleagues heard a big splash and a scream `no' and then it went quiet. It is learnt that the lake has crocodiles. As of now, there is no information about Janardhan Reddy. Efforts are on to trace him using expert swimmers,â€ť sources in Telangana Secretariat told Times of India.
When his friends failed to find him, they alerted the local police who took up the case.
To speed up the search process, his father Raghava Reddy approached Hyderabad district collector Rahul Bojja.
Raghava Reddy had earlier informed the management of the company where his son worked to help find his son, however, they failed to take any action.
â€śI request the Telangana government to communicate with the Tanzania authorities in tracing my son and extend their assistance,â€™â€™ he told The New Indian Express.
Meanwhile, the state government has brought the issue to the notice of minister K Taraka Rama Rao who is touring abroad. The minister has informed the External Affairs Ministry and sought action in the matter.
Janardhanâ€™s parents are natives of Narketpally of Nalgonda district and have been staying at Khajaguda in Gachibowli, Hyderabad.
It was reported that one hour before the dive, Janardhan had called his father and spoken to him.