The body of a renowned Mumbai-based doctor, who went missing in the floods in the city on August 29 has been found in a drain near the seashore at Worli, reports said.
Deepak Amarapurkar worked as a senior gastroenterologist at Bombay Hospital and was well known in the city. He was last seen exiting his car near his Elphinstone Road home on Tuesday evening.
After getting off the car, Amarapurkar started walking in waist-high water.
“According to eyewitnesses, Amrapurkar fell into a manhole. The police have recovered his umbrella from near it,” Sunil Deshmukh, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dadar, told PTI.
Dr Amarapurkar's colleagues have said that he left for home after lunch at the hospital cafeteria even though he was urged to stay back until it was safer to go out.
While he was missing, many messages were circulated on WhatsApp on the doctor, who was prominent in medical conferences and research papers. The police urged people not to spread false messages about his death.
The Mumbai chapter of the Indian Medical Association has criticised the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation over Amrapurkar’s death, reported ANI. The association, in a letter to the corporation’s commissioner has also sought an inquiry into the incident.
The manhole ends at Worli and opens into the sea, where Amarapurkar’s body was found on Thursday morning. The manhole had been searched by firemen and civic workers for hours with no success.