A newly appointed subinspector and his elder brother were washed away in Tungabhadra high level canal (HLC) near Parangal of Bellary district in Karnataka on Wednesday morning. Efforts to retrieve their bodies till late evening turned futile due to heavy water flow.
E Saiprasad Goud (30), a native of Uravakonda in Anantapur district, was recently appointed as subinspector at Nandivargam police station in Kurnool district.
Saiprasad along with his brother Sainath Goud went to meet their sister residing at Thoranagallu in Bellary district to settle some family disputes and were returning to Uravakonda on Wednesday morning.
On their way back home they stopped at Tungabhadra HLC to fresh up. While Saiprasad came out of the canal after washing his face, his brother Sainath performed ‘Suryanamaskaram’ when he accidentally slipped and was washed away due to strong currents in the canal. In a bid to save him, the sub-inspector jumped into the canal but was also drowned.
Two persons including the sub-inspector’s friend who were accompanying them tried to rescue them in vain.
They informed the local police who took up search operations to retrieve the bodies. Learning about the incident, Banaganapalle circle inspector K Sreenath Reddy and other police personnel rushed to the spot. “The bodies are yet to be traced out. The search operations will be continued tomorrow,” he said.