Jamshedpur, April 7: Police fished out the body of a 25-year-old youth from the Dimna Lake under Patamda police station area this morning.
The deceased, identified as Devendra Singh, was a resident of Namda Bustee under Golmuri police station and worked in ICICI Bank’s credit card unit as a sales executive.
According to police sources, Singh had come out of his house in Namda Bustee at 10am yesterday as it was a Sunday and gone along with his friend to the lake at 3pm. Having passed about two hours or so at the site — sources said Devendra had been drinking — he went into the water for taking a bath and drowned.
The victim’s friend, whose identity is yet to be ascertained, tried to rescue him, but failed to do so.
This morning, the body was spotted while floating on the surface of the lake water.
Deputy superintendent of police S.K. Sinha confirmed that the police today recovered a body from the Dimna Lake. The body was later identified by means a mobile phone which was found at a little distance away from the lake.
Sinha, however, could not say anything about the youth who was with the victim.
“We consider it a case of drowning, and no foul play is suspected as the people residing in the neighbouring villages had seen a youth trying to rescue the drowning victim. Had it been a case of murder, the situation would have entirely different,” said the police officer, adding that they are probing the case.
Villagers told The Telegraph that Devendra’s friend had tried to save the victim.
“On seeing his friend drowning, the youth tried to collect a bucket to rescue Singh. But by the time he came back, his friend had drowned. The youth escaped from the scene,” said sources.
The villagers could not confirm whether the victim’s companion had come in a motorbike or any other vehicle. They had just watched him running out of their sight.
Preliminary reports of the post-mortem, too, confirmed that it was a case of drowning.
“There was no mark of injury on the body and it was a clear case of drowning,” said the forensic doctor who conducted the autopsy.
The police had registered a case of unnatural death after sending the body to the MGM Medical College mortuary for post-mortem.
Neighbours of the victim said he had a habit of consuming drugs and would return home late at night. Devendra’s parents were informed about his drowning by an official of Patamda police station this afternoon.
Police investigation is on.