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Andhra: Student falls off train while trying to take selfie at Araku, dies

The incident took place near the near Borra Caves Junction when the Vizag-Kirandol passenger train was passing through the tunnels on the KK line

india Updated: Jul 17, 2017 16:27 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Selfie deaths have become a menace in India. (Shutterstock image)
Selfie deaths have become a menace in India. (Shutterstock image)

A 21-year old pharmacy student died after falling off a train down a hill and into a river while trying to take a selfie during a trip to Araku hill station in Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.

According to railway police, D Gopi Reddy, pursuing his final year B Pharm at Malineni Lakshmaiah College of Pharmacy, Guntur, was on his way to Araku Valley, a popular tourist spot in Visakhapatnam, with five classmates and had boarded the Visakhapatnam-Kirandol passenger on Sunday morning.

As the train was passing through Karakavalasa-Similiguda route over Borra Caves, a picturesque location in the hill station, Reddy went to the door to take selfie on his mobile along with another friend.

While hanging from door, Reddy suddenly lost control and fell off the train into the gorge and into Gosthani river. By the time his friends shouted for help and other passengers pulled the chain, the train had moved a couple of kilometres.

Reddy’s body was later found in a mutilated condition on a stone adjacent to the river.

Vizianagaram division railway police Inspector A Dasarathi told media that the student died on the spot as he had fallen from a height of 150 ft.

Police registered a case under section 174 of CrPC and are conducting investigation.

In January this year, an engineering student, Henry Jones died of electrocution when he came in contact with a high tension wire while trying to take selfie with his mobile by climbing on top of a stationary goods wagon at Araku railway station.