Missing engineer found dead

Mystery car crash was accident, say police

Missing engineer found dead

A few persons noticed a body floating near the bank of the lake around 9.30 am and informed the police, who retrieved the body and established the identity.

The police and fire force personnel had tried every means to trace the body, but had failed in their efforts on Wednesday.

Apparently, Aditya, who was seated on top of the car, fell right into the marsh and was stuck deep in the silt.  Hence, it was difficult for the fire personnel  and the police to trace the body. The firemen mowed the grass and found Aditya’s body.

The traffic police have concluded that it was an accident. “It’s a clear case of accident,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic & Security) Praveen Sood said on Thursday.

“It’s utter stupidity on the part of all of them. Going out after drinking and travelling atop the car is the most irresponsible thing. Facts are very clear that it is an accident. Hence, the police rule out the murder theory. Moreover, no one has given any complaint in this regard,” Sood told mediapersons.

The airport traffic police have registered two cases (IPC 279 and 340-A) against Mohit Manjunath who was driving the car when the incident occurred.

It was Aditya who drove the car. However, he stopped and requested Mohit to occupy the driver’s seat just when the car was about to approach the narrow bridge.

He climbed atop the car minutes before the accident occurred, the police said. Aditya’s parents told the police they were convinced that it was an accident and did not suspect any foul play in the incident, said the police inspector.

Family and friends of Aditya Bhogaraju had gathered in numbers at Bowring Hospital to pay last respect on Thursday morning.

Aditya had completed his BTech in Computer Science from Sri Venkateshwara Institute of Technology. Several students of the college visited the hospital.

“He was my senior and a close friend. We read about the accident in the newspaper and were shocked by his tragic death,” said a final year student of the college. Many students recalled that Aditya was an avid sportsman, and fond of football.

In his line of business, the budding entrepreneur had brought dramatic change in the sales volume of the marketing firm he was associated with and was also leading a very large sales team. "The first thing that you would notice about him would be his smile and confidence," said a friend of the victim.

The body of Aditya was cremated at the Hebbal crematorium. A few relatives were mortified about the driver of the car being drunk.

“Several youngsters are not aware about the hazards of drunken driving. The authorities should make punishment more stringent, so that it curtails the occurrence of such incidents,” said Aditya’s uncle.

“It is a very difficult time for both the family and friends,” said Vishwanath Bhogaraju, father of Aditya.  The Bhogarajus have a daughter, Tulika Bhogaraju.

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