Kolkata: Magician Chanchal Lahiri feared drowned
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Kolkata: Underwater stunt goes wrong, Magician Chanchal Lahiri feared drowned

A magician in Kolkata on Sunday who tried to recreate Harry Houdini’s trick by jumping into the Hooghly river, remains missing and feared drowned.

According to eye witnesses, Lahiri went inside the river from Millenium Park, with the intention to mesmerize people with his magic but disappeared near pillar number 28 of the Howrah Bridge.

Some of the spectators called up the local North Port police station for help. Policemen rushed to the spot along with Disaster Management Group and started a search for Lahiri. Four divers were constantly looking for his body, though it could not be fished out till late evening.

“We tried to spot him, but it seems the stream has swept him away,” an unidentified senior police officer said. “Our divers dived deep, but could not locate him,” a senior police said. The officer said the search operation was temporarily halted as it grew dark and would resume on Monday.

The police said that Lahiri had taken permission to perform stunts, but he had no proper security measures considering the stunt was very difficult.

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