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Two Indian students drown while hiking in Scotland

Jitendranath Karuturi, 26, and Chanhakya Bolisetti, 22, hailed from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

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By: Shubham Ghosh

IN a tragic incident, two Indian students who were pursuing Master’s degrees at Dundee University in Scotland, drowned this week while going for a hike at a popular tourist destination in Scotland, local reports said.

The deceased were identified as Jitendranath Karuturi, 26, and Chanhakya Bolisetti, 22, and they hailed from the south-eastern state of Andhra Pradesh.

According to Scotland’s The Courier website, the duo were trying to take a picture of the Linn of Tummel at Blair Atholl in Perthshire, on Wednesday (17) when the accident happened.

“Around 7 pm on Wednesday (April 17), we received a report of two men, aged 22 and 26 years, in the water at the Linn of Tummel waterfall near Blair Atholl,” a spokesperson of the Scotland Police was quoted as saying by Glasgow-based Daily Record.

“Emergency services attended and following searches in the area, the bodies of two men were recovered from the water.”

The official also said that enquiries were underway to establish the full circumstances and added that no suspicious circumstances appeared surrounding the deaths. A report will be submitted to the procurator, the spokesperson added.

The Indian high commission in London confirmed that the two ill-fated students belonged to Andhra Pradesh, India’s Times of India reported. The mission also said that it was in touch with the duo’s families.

“Two Indian students hailing from Andhra Pradesh drowned in an unfortunate incident Wednesday evening and their bodies were found a little downstream. Consulate general of India has been in touch with families of the students and a consular official has met the relative of one the students who lives in the UK,” an unidentified official of the mission was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

“University of Dundee has assured of all help. The post-mortem is expected to take place on 19 April and thereafter procedures for repatriating bodies to India will be done.”

A spokesperson of the university told The Courier that the incident was tragic and left them shocked. The official added that their thoughts were with the families and friends of the two students.

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