22 jan 2013
Missing Indian student Souvik Pal’s body found in a canal in UK
London: Indian student Souvik Pal, who went missing on New Year’s Eve, has been found dead after the British police recovered his body from a canal.
18-year-old Souvik was found dead by specialist officers in Bridgewater Canal, near Manchester United’s Old Trafford football ground, at 2 pm on Tuesday.
Souvik, an international student who had enrolled for product design course at Manchester Metropolitan University, disappeared on a night out at the Warehouse Project in Trafford, Greater Manchester.
He was last seen at the event at about 11 pm and was reported missing by a flatmate the following morning.
The police which had pursued tracing Souvik offered condolences to the family and extended their support.
“Our thoughts and condolences are with Souvik’s family at this devastating time and our officers are doing all they can to support them,” said Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin.
“We do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding Souvik’s death and a file will be submitted to the coroner in due course.”
Souvik’s father Santanu had travelled from his home in Bangalore to help with the search.
A number of appeals were made to trace his son, including the use of digital advertising hoardings at Manchester United’s domestic Premier League of Football home game against Liverpool.
Souvik had trained for a part-time job serving refreshments at the stadium and worked at Manchester United’s game against West Bromwich Albion on December 29.