Meenmutty waterfalls takes life of Techie from TCS

Published on: 03 Oct, 2013
Published under: Thiruvananthapuram District News

3 October 2013


A trainee employee of Tata Consultancy Services drowned and his colleague was reported missing at Meenmutty waterfalls, a weekend holiday destination in the densely forested foothills of the Western Ghats at Kallar, nearly 45 km from here.

Circle Inspector, Vithura, V.S. Pradeep Kumar identified the deceased as Mahesh Kumar, a resident of Haryana. He drowned when he entered the deep and turbulent pool at the base of the powerful waterfall to save his friend Athul Yadav, a resident of Rajasthan. Athul is yet to be traced.

Fire and Rescue Services divers and local people gave up their search for the missing person due to poor light and heavy rain around 5.45 p.m. The search will resume at daybreak on Thursday.

The police said the youth were part of a nine-member group of TCS employees. The youth, reportedly, had not heeded warnings of local guides, all employees of the Eco Development Committee (EDC), not to venture into the waterfall.

Bhagawan Kani, president of the EDC, said the youth had arrived at Kallar around 1.30 p.m. Sobhana Kumari and Leela, who manned the gate at the start of the 2-km thickly forested trekking path to Meenmutty, warned them not to bathe at the waterfall or wade into the large pool at its base.

The group reached the waterfall around 2.45 p.m. At the time, three ECD guides (Stephen, Soman and Karunakaran) were at the spot. They told the youth that it was raining heavily uphill and the possibility of flash floods could not be discounted. The youth said they would be cautious and the guides retreated to another spot to have lunch.

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