Northville, Michigan – In a bizarre incident, father-son duo of Indian origin has been found to be drowned in a swimming pool in Northville, Michigan. While police initially didn’t release the identity of the two persons, later they identified the duo as 31-year old Nagaraju Surepalli and his 3-year old son Ananth Sai.
Reports suggest that Nagarjun Surepalli, a native of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh was an employee of Indian tech giant Infosys and was living in United States for the last three years. He is survived by his 29-year old wife Bindu.
Authorities have termed the death incidental and it is presumed that as the toddler fell into the five feet deep pond, his father rushed to save him and drowned in the process.
David Malloy, the police chief was quoted by the media as saying, “The dad had taken the child to the pool. They were not intending to swim, they were just going to sit by the pool, and that was evidenced by what we found at the scene, and certainly what they were wearing. They were not dressed in swim attire,” said local. He said the little boy, Ananth, fell into the pool while riding his tricycle. The father jumped into to rescue his son and drowned. There was no lifeguard, and the pair were not experienced swimmers.
In the meantime, the local Infosys employees and other family friends have organized crowd-funding so that the bodies can be sent home. In a statement to NDTV, an Infosys spokesperson also said the company would help bring the bodies home.
Officials claim that the incident was brought to their notice Wednesday morning when a couple discovered two bodies floating in the water. A woman immediately called 911, following which police reached the spot. India Today reported that the police found a child’s tricycle at the bottom of the water and other toys strewn around the pool, which suggested that the duo were playing, when the incident occurred. The family has been in the United States for three years on an H-1B non-immigrant visa for work purposes. Nagaraju is survived by his 29-year-old wife. He was an alumnus of Vignan Engineering College in Vadlamudi, and Majety Guravaiah High School in Guntur.