The body of the 27-year-old officer of the Subsidiary Intelligence Branch (SIB) was fished out from a river near Ghagra waterfalls at Belpahari in West Midnapore on Thursday afternoon.
The youth had drowned while taking bath under the waterfalls on Wednesday evening. Police had initiated a search on Wednesday night but could not find him. The police initiated a probe into the incident to ascertain whether there was any foul play behind the incident.
Police said the victim Sanket Singh was posted at West Midnapore around one-and-a-half years ago. He went for a picnic near the waterfalls on Thursday evening with some of his colleagues.
Preliminary investigation revealed that Sanket, who was a resident of Kangra area in Himachal Pradesh, went to take bath under the waterfalls after having food.
Officers of the disaster management group were engaged to find him out. But the rescue work could not be continued for long on Wednesday night. The officers initiated the search once again from Thursday morning and finally found his body in the afternoon. The body has been sent for an autopsy.
A police officer said that his family members and senior officers have been informed. The body will be handed over to the family members. The police would ask his family members whether he had told them about rivalry with any of his colleagues.
The police are yet to know whether he went alone to take bath or any of his colleagues were accompanying him. If his family members claim that he had told them about rivalry with any of his colleagues, then the police would interrogate some of those who went with him to the picnic spot near Ghagra waterfalls. The police are also waiting for the post-mortem report to know what he had eaten in the lunch.