The deceased, identified as Gujja Naveen Kumar, hailed from Bhongir town.

Telangana student drowns in Russian lake as birthday celebration turns tragicImage: Facebook
news Crime Monday, August 06, 2018 - 07:42

In a tragic incident, a medico from Telangana, who was pursuing his MMBS at the Orenburg State Medical College in Russia, drowned at a lake in Stavropol on Saturday after he celebrated his birthday with a group of friends. 

The deceased, identified as Gujja Naveen Kumar, was reported to be hailing from Bhongir town.

The police said that Naveen and six other friends had visited the lake and celebrated his birthday before they decided to swim in the water. However, Naveen ended up drowning and his body was later fished out of the water after a search operation.

According to media reports, Naveen went to Russia in 2012 to study MBBS and only had six months left, before he completed his course and returned to India. 

It was also reported that Naveen could swim but an autopsy had suggested that he had died of a cardiac arrest. Visuals showed his family back home breaking down when they heard the news, unable to cope with his death.

Arrangements have now been made for his mortal remains to return to the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) at Hyderabad and then to his native town. 

In a similar incident just last month, the body of techie Gogineni Nagarjuna, who drowned at a waterfall in the United States, reached his native village of Gottumukkala in Kanchikacherla mandal in Andhra Pradesh's Krishna district.

Nagarjuna had completed his graduation in Vijayawada and moved to the US for further studies in 2008 and later settled there after getting a job at an MNC. 

On July 1, Nagarjuna went out with his friends to Winston waterfalls, near Charlotte city in North Carolina.

He is learnt to have drowned as he was navigating through the water and he slipped on a stone. The body was brought back with the help of the Telugu community in the US and Nagarjuna’s friends, who raised funds online.


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