Three on temple trip before wedding drown as car falls into canal in Telangana | Hyderabad NewsFebruary 16, 2021
HYDERABAD: A trip to seek blessings for their daughter ahead of her wedding turned into tragedy for a family as the father, mother and girl met a watery grave after their car plunged into the Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP) canal in Jagtial district in the early hours of Monday. The girl’s 19-year-old brother was the lone survivor as he managed to crawl out of the window before the car submerged. Cops suspect that the father, who was driving, may have dozed off.
The deceased were identified as advocate K Amarender Rao (58), wife K Sirisha (52) and daughter K Shreya (25), an IBM software engineer in Hyderabad. Son K Jayanth is a student. The family lived in Jagtial town where Amarender had his practice.
Rao along with his family had left home around 5.30am to attend Venkateswara temple festival in their native Joganpalli village, also in Jagtial district, Medipally police said.
“Shreya’s wedding was scheduled in May and the family had been visiting temples for her wellbeing. While they were about eight kilometres from Joganpalli, the car veered off the road and plunged into the SRSP canal before a bridge on the outskirts of Medipally village,” Medipally SI Sudheer Rao said.
“After the car fell in the canal, they all woke up. Jayanth said they told each other to remain calm and tried to get out through the windows. But as water entered the vehicle, it started sinking and only Jayanth, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, was able to crawl out. He was lucky to find a motor hose placed in the canal by farmers. Holding the hose, he climbed out of the canal,” the SI said.
Alerted by passersby, police rushed to the spot and pulled the car out along with the three bodies. Rao was a distant relative of Jagtial MLA M Sanjay Kumar and worked with the MLA’s father Hanumantha Rao, a senior advocate. The MLA visited the accident spot and the bodies were shifted for a post-mortem. A case was registered under Section 304-A of the IPC.