HASSAN: Thirteen engineering students from BMS college, Bangalore, who went missing while trekking near Kabbinale forests in Sakleshpur taluk, have been traced by the police on Sunday. The swimmers are yet to fish out the body of Navin Kumar (23), who allegedly drowned while crossing the Addahole river on Saturday. According to DySP Upendra of Sakleshpur, 14 engineering students of BMS Engineering College left for trekking on Saturday and entered Kabbinale forest from Uppinaangadi at 9 am. Police rescued nine boys and four girls, he added. The students have been identified as B Naveen, Swroop, Avinash, Likit, Akash, D Vavinash, Abhay Keshav, S Avinash, Swapnel, Amit, Narendra, K Prarthana, Shranya and Hema.
A team comprising 30 police personnel, 10 swimmers and five divers made efforts to trace the body.
RFO Ratnaprabha said, “We are interrogating the students. As per the Forest Act, permission should be taken from the department to enter the area.”
Bahubali Statue, K’taka’s Biggest Contribution
Mangalore: State’s biggest contribution to the world is the ‘Bahubali’ statue, which is considered a beautiful historical monument, said renowned Jain historian and litterateur Hampa Nagarajaiah on Sunday. He was addressing the gathering at the valedictory of the Bhagwan Bahubali Mastakabhisheka at Venur. “Nature itself worships Bahubali, as rainfall is natural abhisheka to him, thunder is music and lightening is natural arathi to him. The best thing, which people have to learn from him, is the overcoming of ego. Hence everyone should give up ego to lead a peaceful life,” he stressed.
Nagarajaiah added: “Bahubali is not only limited to the Jain community, but his preaching applies to every other community and religion. Everyone can follow the ideals of Bahubali.” The Mahamastakabhisheka programme which took start from January 28, got an end on Sunday. On the last day, the statue of Lord Bahubali was offered 1,008 abhisheka. The next Mahamasthakabhisheka will be held in 2024.