Agnel didn’t die taking selfie: Family
Mumbai/Pune: The family of Agnel Cyril Peris, a 25year-old resident of Kalina, who fell into a gorge at Lions Point near Lonavla on Sunday during an office outing, has refuted statements regarding the circumstances of his death.
While a local police officer had cited preliminary reports to suggest that the death occurred during an attempt to shoot a selfie, the family and friends have pointed out that there was no evidence of this.
“The phone that belonged to Mr Peris was found with no picture taken from that day…the phone along with the wallet and the charger were in fact retrieved from Mr Peris’s pocket and handed over by the police. No other phone belonging to anyone else was either found or involved in any manner,” said a statement issued on behalf of the family. The family said the misrepresentation had led to “immense mental agony and humiliation”.
Inspector Sandeep YedePatil, in-charge of Lonavla rural police, told TOI that preliminary information came from the public “that a man fell to his death while taking a selfie…We have registered a complaint of accidental death. We are in the process of recording statements of the public...the cell phone was recovered from his trouser.”
The accidental death report registered with police says, "Peris had crossed the iron railings to go over to the other side and slipped and fell into the gorge." The report was based on the statement of the victim’s colleague, Akash Balananda Chatterjee (25) from Bandra, who was present at the time of the incident.