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Missing Indian student in Britain found dead

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 - 8:37am IST Updated: Wednesday, 23 January 2013 - 4:41pm IST | Place: London | Agency: PTI

Souvik Pal, the 19-year-old Bangalore youth who went missing December 31 in Britain, was found drowned in a canal on Tuesday at Manchester.

Souvik Pal, an Indian student in Britain who had been missing since New Year's Eve, was found dead in a canal near Manchester United Club's football ground and the initial post-mortem on his body proved inconclusive, police said today.

Souvik, 18, had vanished after being separated from friends while celebrating New Year's Eve at a nightclub in Manchester city.

Souvik's body was found by specialist officers in Bridgewater Canal, near Manchester United's Old Trafford football ground, at 2pm (local time) yesterday.

Souvik had enrolled for product design course at Manchester Metropolitan University. He disappeared on a night out at the Warehouse Project in Trafford, Greater Manchester.

He was last seen at the event at about 11pm (local time) and was reported missing by a flatmate the following morning.

Souvik's father Santanu had travelled from his home in Bangalore to help with the search.

Souvik lived in Cavendish halls of residence on Cambridge Street.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said Souvik's family had been informed and officers were in regular contact with them.

Post-mortem tests on Souvik's body have proved inconclusive, police said.

Greater Manchester Police said further toxicology tests will be carried out to try to establish the cause of death, the BBC reported.

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