2 drown in lake, one washed away in canal

Two men drowned on Saturday evening when they had gone to place a net for fishing in the Nelligudde Lake near Bidadi, 35 km from Bengaluru.

The deceased have been identified as Umesh R (30) and Ravi N (18), both residents of Avaragere village near Bidadi. The fire and emergency services personnel fished out their bodies on Sunday morning.

According to the family members of the deceased, the duo used to go to Nelligudde Lake every day to place a net for fishing. They, however, didn’t return home even after late in the evening on Saturday. Their mobile phones were also switched off. The family members feared that both had drowned in the lake and registered a complaint around 9.30 pm.

The police rushed to the lake and informed the fire and emergency personnel team. However, they could not carry out the search operation as it was dark and there was heavy rain on Saturday night.

The police said, “The rescue operation started on Sunday morning and the bodies were fished out by 11 am. The postmortem was conducted at Sri Rajarajeshwari Medical College Hospital and the bodies were handed over to family members. The Bidadi police have taken up a case of unnatural deaths and warned the public not to get into the lake without safety equipment.’’

In yet another incident, a 38-old-farmer was washed away in Kanva canal near Melehalli near Ramanagaram while taking a video of the heavy flow of water on Sunday morning.

The police said, “The deceased has been identified as Nandish, a resident of Aralimara Deddi village. On his morning walk, he noticed heavy water flow near Melehalli and went near the canal to shoot a video and reached the edge of the drain. The edge suddenly collapsed and he fell into the canal and was washed away.”

The fire and emergency officials were searching for him till late in the evening but could not trace him. The search operation was stopped due to rain and poor light. A missing case has been registered in Ramanagaram rural police station.

Locals informed the police that due to illegal sand mining in the canals, there are big pits inside the canals which are hindering the rescue operation.

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