Hyderabad, Aug. 16: An 18-month baby girl fell out of her father’s hand and drowned in the Musi in Hyderabad yesterday as the London-based anaesthesiologist tried clicking a picture of the slushy, weed-filled river with the other hand.
The freak accident happened at Nagole when Meghashyam Reddy, 42, was talking to his two other children — Sanvi, 5, and Pramog, 10 — as they stood on top of a bridge, witnesses said. The family had flown down to Hyderabad last month to attend family weddings.
Baby Manvi’s body was retrieved this afternoon from a site 5km away, police said. “The baby accidentally fell into the river after slipping from her father’s arms,” Ravi Varma, the deputy commissioner of police (L.B. Nagar zone), told PTI.
Sources said rescue operations started late yesterday as few divers were willing to enter the muddy river choked with weeds. Some reports said there was also confusion about which police station had jurisdiction of the area, which held up matters
“We had just returned from Nagarjunasagar where the river Krishna had been roaring. My husband took the children to the Musi at L.B. Nagar to show them the difference between a swollen river and a slushy river,” said Pratibha, Reddy’s wife.
The family is scheduled to return to the UK on August 21.