THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A day after a tribal man drowned in the Neyyar reservoir under reportedly ‘mysterious circumstances’, the Neyyar Dam police on Monday came to the conclusion he drowned while swimming under the influence of alcohol. Bhuvanendran, 45, was found dead in the reservoir on Sunday evening.
According to the police, Bhuvanendran and eight others came from Neyyattinkara and Menamkulam near Kazhakoottam to the forest area near the reservoir for organising a booze party. “Prima facie, there is no mystery in the incident,” said S Sreekumar, Neyyar Dam SI. “Since Bhuvanendran was a local person, he accompanied the team and reached the place around 10 am.
“After boozing, all of them started diving into the river. Bhuvanendran was too drunk and he lost control. Eventually, he was swept away by the strong undercurrents and drowned. The postmortem report also revealed he died of drowning. We interrogated the eight people who were there and there were let off later. They have asked to come to the police station if summoned.”
Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala visited the house of Bhuvanendran on Monday and urged the police to unravel the mystery behind his death.On Sunday, minor tension was reported in the place after the local residents demanded inquest proceedings to be conducted in the presence of the revenue divisional officer.