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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Margao councillor, teenage boy drown in Khandepar river

In a tragic incident,  Ashlesha  Ramesh Naik (43), a  councillor of the Margao municipal council, and  Ashraf   Shaikh (17)  from  Cacora, Curchorem drowned in  Khandepar river  at Sonarbhatt, Usgao on Sunday.
Three groups of picnickers,  including the  group of  Ashlesha, had left  the Bondla zoo and travelled to  Sonarbhatt, Usgao to swim in  the river.
Around 12 pm,    while swimming, Ashraf   started drowning. Seeing his son drowning the father cried for help.  Ashlesha, a good swimmer, wasted no time and jumped into the river to save the boy.
However, Ashlesha was pulled by the drowning boy, and both the persons drowned.
“We got the information at 12.15 pm.  We rushed to the spot. However, Ashlesha and Ashraf had already been moved to the ID Hospital, Ponda. Doctors there claimed they were brought dead,’’ said PSI Harish Naik of  the Ponda police station.
Ashlesha’s death astounded the people of Margao, especially councillors.  Several shocked MMC councillors rushed to her residence at Aquem to inquire about their colleague.   The MMC chairperson, the vice-chairperson, the chief officer and others condoled the death of Ashlesh with the family.
A pall of gloom prevailed at her residence.   Ashlesha, who  was elected from the Aquem ward in the  municipal elections, was  looking after her  father’s  steel-furniture business.
“…  She died for others. It is very sad and unfortunate,”   said Deputy Chief Minister   Francis  D’Souza, who was in Margao on Sunday.
Margao MLA Digambar Kamat, with whose support she was   elected as a MMC councillor, said Ashlesha  was soft-spoken and a kindhearted person.
The Ponda police registered a  case of  unnatural death.
The body has been kept for postmortem at the Goa   Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim.
Final rites for Ashlesha will be held in Margao at 11 am on Monday.

NT Network Goa News

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