3 bodies yet to be traced

Jagadish rescued 6 persons before he was washed away

(Clockwise) Search operations at river Bhadra to recover the dead bodies in Balehonnur.  File photo of Jagadish. Varshini and Vishwas. dh photo

Search operations are going on in full swing. Three traditional boats, one boat and experts along with locals are on the search.

Jagadish’s mobile and wallet were recovered about 50 ft away from the spot of the mishap. Since crocodiles are said to be inhabited in the river, divers and swimmers are sceptical about getting into deep water.

Chief Whip in the State Assembly D N Jeevaraj, DC R Narayanaswamy and others visited the family of Jagadish but none of the political leaders from any party visited them so far.

A farmer
Jagadish, a small farmer from Balegadde near Khandya, was married to Ashwini an year ago and she is expecting her first baby in a few days. When the family should have been celebrating ‘Seemantha’ ceremony (ceremony performed for pregnant women), on Sunday, it is mourning the death of the bread winner of the family.
While the house was bustling with guests and relatives on Saturday itself, Jagadish set out to Kadabagere to get some commodities as last preparations for the ceremony. On his way back home, Jagadish met his sisters and sisters’ children at Anjaneyakallu and all set back home together.

It was within few minutes of getting into the boat, that the boat toppled and all fell into water crying for help. Jagadish who is an outstanding swimmer rescued six people apart from his relatives. When he realised that his nephew Vishwas and niece Varshini were drowning in water, he plunged to rescue them too but since the current in the water was too strong for Jagadish all three drowned and died.

After the news of the mishap was broken at Jagadish’s house, Jagadish’s mother Rathnamma, his wife Ashwini and Vishwas and Varshini’s mother Jayashree went pleading everyone and anyone who came to console them to get back Jagadish and the children.

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