IAF personnel drowns in Dibru River, search to resume tomorrow

Tinsukia: The body of the Indian Air Force personnel (LAC), who went missing after he slipped and reportedly drowned in the Dibru river near Guijan ghat in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Saturday evening, was recovered on Sunday afternoon. (Updated on Sunday afternoon)

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The victim has been identified as Vishnu Kumar, 25, a resident of Agra in Uttar Pradesh and stationed at Chabua airbase of the IAF.

According to sources, a team of 7 IAF personnel had gone to Guijan Ghat. They were in civil dress. “The incident took place while they got down in the river to take a selfie.”

“A team of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) with 2 deep divers were immediately pressed into service. However, the body could not be traced till late evening when the operations were called off due to dark, ” the source said, adding “The victim was reportedly in the influence of beer.”

“We have covered a radius of 1 km from the incident spot. As the water is hardly 6 to 8 feet deep, we could not use the services of deep divers,” a source in SDRF said and added, “The search operation will resume tomorrow and we are hopeful of positive results on Sunday.”

According to reports, the search operation restarted on Sunday following which Kumar’s body was recovered.

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A source in the NDRF said that they are on stand-by and will press into search and rescue operations if the need arises.

Talking to EastMojo, in charge of the Guijan police outpost, Biku Barman said, “the incident took place after one personnel slipped when the group went in the water. They were clicking pictures and another personnel slipped but he was pulled out.”

“SDRF carried search operation, which has been suspended for the night,” he added.

Barman said that they have not found any material on the ground, which indicates that the victim or others in the group were under the influence of alcohol. However, further enquiry is underway.

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