The police are looking for IIM Ahmedabad professor Prathap Oburai (40), who is missing since July 1 from Devaprayag, the place where he tried to drown himself in the Ganga a day earlier.
His nephews B Kumar Krishna and R Sirdinath, who were accompanying him, thwarted his suicide attempt. They told the police Oburai managed to escape though they were keeping a close eye on him.
Oburai, they said, had become spiritual by temperament and had come to Devaprayag to seek "deliverance from existence" through this act at the sacred place.
Tehri superintendent of police Rajeev Swarup said the search to locate Oburai was on.
"We are checking the ashrams and hotels. His relatives and others have confirmed he had developed suicidal tendencies and might have been perceiving that the worldly cycle was full of sin."
Divers are trying to reach all points in the river waters.
Oburai, who is part of the marketing department of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, was returning after completing the Chardham yatra (holy journey through Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri and Rameshwaram) and halted at Devaprayag, a much-revered place because it is the located at the confluence of the rivers Bhagirathi, Alaknanda and Mandakini — the starting point of the Ganga.
Before making a bid to jump in the river, he had reportedly given all the money he then had to people standing nearby.
Oburai did his PhD in business administration and marketing from University of Strathclyde, UK, and got the PG diploma in management from IIM Ahmedabad.