GUWAHATI: A 25-year-old youth of Assam's Lumding district went missing after he visited the Northeast's Arunachal Pradesh and fell into a river on August 29. The youth has been missing since then.
The youth Kaustav Paul, who stays in Bengaluru, had visited Bhalukpong in Arunachal Pradesh with his brother and three friends. During their visit to the Jia Bharali river, Kaustav accidentally fell into the river when all of them were standing on the river's banks and gazing the beauty of Nature. The Jia Bharali river (also known as Kameng river) is a tributary of the Brahmaputra in Assam and originates in the hills of Arunachal Pradesh.
Kaustav's brother Arnav Paul, who also lives in Bengaluru, said the river does not have a proper bank and that the waterbody's depth is about 15-20ft. Kaustav somehow slipped when they were standing near the river and fell into it and went missing, Arnav Paul said. He said a first information report (FIR) has been lodged with the Chariduar police station and that the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) have been pressed into action to find out Kaustav. Search operations were being carried out in the river to find the youth, as per last reports available.
Meanwhile, Kaustav's friends, well-wishers and others known to him have shared about the incident on Twitter and appealed to people to contact and inform them if he gets found by anybody. The news of the youth going missing is being shared by a huge number of users on social media and appeals are being made to the Assam government to locate the youth at the earliest.