Manikonda Nala death: Contractor, subcontractor arrested

Heads seem to have started rolling after Narsingi police arrested contractor and subcontractor in connection with the Nala death of a software engineer in Manikonda on September 25.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  4 Oct 2021 11:05 AM GMT
Manikonda Nala death: Contractor, subcontractor arrested

Hyderabad: Heads seem to have started rolling after Narsingi police arrested contractor and subcontractor in connection with the Nala death of a software engineer in Manikonda on September 25.

Contractor N Raj Kumar and Sub contractor Shivaratri Kumar Swamy were booked under section 420, 304a and 336 of IPC.

Earlier, Telangana government suspended Manikonda municipality assistant engineer N. Vithoba for dereliction of duty.

A case had been registered against contractor Raj Kumar for negligence and not installing appropriate signage near the Nala. The government also announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for Rajnikanth's family.

Techie G Ram Rajinikanth died after he fell into an open Nala near Golden Temple in Manikonda. His body was retrieved from a channel near Ibrahim Cheruvu in Neknampur last Monday.

The incident occurred at the stormwater drain work site between Golden Temple and Tulip Gardens at around 9 pm on September 25. Since Rajinikanth did not return home, the family lodged a complaint and a massive hunt was on since Saturday.

Forty-eight hours later, his body was fished out from Neknampur lake on September 27 late afternoon. Pictures from the site of the accident showed that the drain was left uncovered.

"A missing complaint was registered on September 25 by the family after G.Rajinikanth. Multiple rescue teams were pressed into the search operation. A day later, separate teams were formed to clear hyacinth, garbage at the lake, and drains falling under Manikonda municipality. On September 27, a JCB driver spotted a body floating near Neknampur Lake. The family members identified the body with the help of his clothes and a tattoo by name 'Swapu'( the name of his wife)," Narsingi Police Inspector Gangadhar told Newsmeter.

A family friend told NewsMeter that Rajinikanth's wife panicked when he didn't return home on Saturday. "Her suspicion grew when she saw the video and identified him through his clothes. She was hopeful that he will return. All her colleagues visited her during the last 48 hours. The entire family was hopeful that he would return home," he said.

Rajinikanth is survived by his wife and two children. According to officials, Rajinikanth owns a flat under Manikonda municipality limits. He had stepped out briefly when the accident occurred.

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