London: The body of missing Indian student Souvik Pal has been found in a canal in Old Trafford in UK. 19-year old Souvik went missing on New Year's Eve and a search was on ever since. The cause of his death is yet to be determined as a post-mortem will be conducted later.
Souvik was an undergraduate at the Manchester Metropolitan University and went missing after a New Year's party at a night club. Souvik was last seen at the event at about 11 pm and was reported missing by a flatmate the following morning.
Police which had pursued tracing Pal offered condolences to the family and extended their support. "Our thoughts and condolences are with Souvik's family at this devastating time and our officers are doing all they can to support them," said Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin.
"We do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding Souvik's death and a file will be submitted to the coroner in due course." Pal's father Santanu had travelled from his home in Bangalore to help with the search.
A number of appeals were made to trace his son, including the use of digital advertising hoardings at Manchester United's domestic Premier League of Football home game against Liverpool. Pal had trained for a part-time job serving refreshments at the stadium and worked at Manchester United's game against West Bromwich Albion on December 29.
(With additional information from PTI)