Hyderabad: In a freak mishap, a businessman and his wife were found drowned along with their car in Kakatiya canal at Thimmpoor of Karimnagar district. The car they were travelling in, reportedly plunged into a canal, on January 25th evening.

It so happened that, Macharla Srinivas and wife Swaroopa were on their way to Hyderabad from Peddapalli, however, stopped to buy fish. The couple halted close to the canal.

Tragedy struck them when Srinivas tried to reverse the car while he was on a phone call. The man, however, did not notice the bank of the canal and drove backwards, which led them straight into the waters.

Passersbys alerted the regional police and a rescue operation was launched. Heavy cranes were pressed in to fish out the floating car. However, it was too late. Srinivas and Swaroopa could not bale out.

According to the police, Srinivas owns a garment store in Sultanabad town of Peddapalli district. The man, along with his wife Swaroopa, had come to Karimnagar. On January 25th Saturday, while they were on their way to Hyderabad, the couple stopped to buy fish near Kakatiya canal.

While taking a reverse, he was speaking to his son via phone. Busy in the conversation, the man failed to notice the bank and drove further.

Srinivas’s son told the police that he could hear his father’s scream for help. “ My father was screaming that they were drowning and shouting for help”, he said.

The vehicle, along with the bodies, were pulled out and shifted for postmortem examination. Further investigation is underway, said Karimnagar police officials.

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