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Magic turns tragic – 40-year-old stuntman goes missing in River Ganga


Daijiworld Media Network

Kolkata, Jun 16: A stuntman who entered the Ganga River tied up with steel chains and rope is missing. The incident took place on Sunday, June 16.

According to AFP reports, Chanchal Lahiri (40) known by his stage name ‘Jadugar Mandrake’ (Wizard Mandrake), was lowered into the river by crane as family members, media and police watched from the banks.

But Lahiri failed to emerge from the water which triggered a frantic search by authorities.

Lahiri had earlier said he had successfully pulled off a similar stunt 21 years ago at the same venue.

"I was inside a bullet proof glass box tied with chain and locks and dropped down from Howrah bridge. Then I came out within 29 seconds," he told media earlier.

But he also had admitted that it would be tough to free himself this time.

"If I can open it up then it will be magic, but if I cannot, then it will be tragic," he had said.

When Lahiri tried the stunt at the river in 2013, he was assaulted by onlookers who saw through his escape from a locked cage via a door that was clearly visible.

(With agency inputs)

 

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