3 members of family, their pet dog jump into Karnataka’s Netravati river

Local people saw a vehicle stopped on the bridge and three taking the plunge. They tried to rescue them, but could only pull the elderly woman out of the waters.
The family who jumped into the river belonged to Virajpet in Kodagu district of Karnataka. (Representative Image)(HT PHOTO/ Raj K Raj)
The family who jumped into the river belonged to Virajpet in Kodagu district of Karnataka. (Representative Image)(HT PHOTO/ Raj K Raj)
Published on Sep 29, 2019 10:06 PM IST
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Mangaluru | ByPress Trust of India

In what appears to be a suicide pact, a woman and her two adult children, along with their dog, jumped off the new bridge across Netravati river in Dakshina Kannada district, police said.

Local people on Saturday saw the three taking the plunge and tried to rescue them, but could only pull the elderly woman out of the waters, the police said.

She, however, died while being taken to hospital, they said.

Search is still on for the two others, they said.

The deceased have been identified as Kavita Mandanna (55), her son Kaushik (22) and daughter Kalpitha (20), they said.

The family belonged to Virajpet in Kodagu district, the police said.

The trio, travelling in a car, stopped the vehicle on the bridge on the Mangaluru-Bengaluru national highway and jumped into the river, along with the dog, they said, quoting eye-witnesses.

The reason behind the extreme step was not immediately known, the police added.

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