Body recovered, may be of missing scientist

June 14th, 2009 - 1:04 am ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, June 13 (IANS) A decomposed body, believed to be that of the missing senior scientific officer of the state-run Kaiga Atomic Power Plant, was recovered from the Kali river near the plant in Karnataka, police said late Saturday.
“The body has been identified by Kaiga officials as that of Loknath Mahalingam,” the Uttara Kannada district police spokesperson said over telephone from Karwar, the main town of that coastal district.

“His family has not yet identified the body, which has been kept in a morturay in a hospital in Kaiga,” the spokesperson said.

“It is too early to say whether he had accidentally fallen into the river or it is an act of suicide,” the spokesperson said.

Kaiga Atomic Power Plant spokesman Jugal Kishore said the proess of identifying the body was on.

The 47-year-old senior scientific officer has been missing since Monday when he left his home in Kaiga township for a morning walk. His wife lodged a complaint with the police Monday evening. Police and forest officials have been searching the area extensively.

The body was recovered by navy divers who joined the search Saturday morning.

Mahalingam, a graduate in mechanical engineering, was working in the simulator division of the plant.

Kaiga, about 500 km from Bangalroe, is surrounded by 1,000-acre dense Mallapur forest.

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