KOLKATA: A professor of Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur died trying to save his four-year-old son from drowning at a rain-filled mine on Sunday afternoon, police said.
"Joydeep Bhattacharya, a professor of Kharagpur IIT, died by drowning in a mine filled with rainwater, near the university in Kharagpur at around 12 p.m. on Sunday. His body has been recovered and sent for autopsy," said an officer from Kharagpur local police station.
Bhattacharya, a professor of oceanography at the institute, went out for a ride with his son and daughter to Kharagpur's Gholgeria where the accident happened.
According to witnesses, the son accidentally fell into the water while clicking a selfie on his dad's cell phone and Bhattacharya jumped in to save him.
"The child was recovered alive by the locals but Bhattacharya could not be saved from drowning," the officer said.
"The son has been released after first aid. Both the kids have been sent back to their home. They are in shock," he added.