Nala death: Manikonda municipality assistant engineer suspended, contractor booked

Telangana government on Tuesday suspended Manikonda municipality assistant engineer N. Vithoba for dereliction of duty.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  29 Sep 2021 3:55 AM GMT
Nala death: Manikonda municipality assistant engineer suspended, contractor booked

Hyderabad: Telangana government on Tuesday suspended Manikonda municipality assistant engineer N. Vithoba for dereliction of duty. This followed the death of techie G Ram Rajinikanth after falling into an open Nala near Golden Temple in Manikonda on Saturday night.

His body was found in a channel leading to Ibrahim Cheruvu in Neknampur on Monday. A case has been registered against contractor Raj Kumar for negligence in installing appropriate signages near the Nala. The government also announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for Rajnikanth's family. Rajnikanth had fallen into an under-construction stormwater drain on Saturday night at Golden Temple.

A software employee, G. Rajinikanth was caught on camera falling into a pit near the Golden Temple in Manikonda following moderate rainfall.

The incident occurred at the stormwater drain work site between Golden Temple and Tulip Gardens at around 9 pm on Saturday. 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 Monday 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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