Agnel didn’t die tak­ing selfie: Fam­ily

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

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.

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