Bodies of drowned BBMP workers found

The bodies of two BBMP contract employees posted at Varthur Lake, who were presumed drowned on Saturday, were found on Sunday evening.

Manjunath, 29 and Manjunath, 31 both hailing from Tamil Nadu, were deployed at the lake to oversee Ganesha idol immersions. They and three others were swept away into the lake on Saturday evening while assisting the immersion of a large Ganesha idol in deep waters.

Three of those washed away were rescued using a rope thrown by those on the bank.

Although fire personnel and police launched an immediate rescue operation to find the two BBMP employees, the search proved unsuccessful.

A rescuer told Deccan Herald that the lake has a lot of effluents, algal blooms and dense shrubs which made the rescue operation difficult. Two earthmovers were brought in on Sunday morning to clear the shrubs in and around the lake.

“The two bodies were found stuck to a shrub in the Sorahunase channel near the Someshwara Temple by Sunday evening,” said T D Pawar, DCP (South-East).

M Lakshminarayana, Commissioner, BBMP, supervised rescue operations on Sunday. He announced the suspension of two BBMP officials, Shivalinge Gowda, Assistant Executive Engineer of the Whitefield sub-division and Assistant Engineer Narayana Swamy, for their negligence.

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