Kolkata: The rescue team after the search operation of more than 20 hours recovered the body of Kajal Dutta, a national level swimmer from the swimming pool of College Square.
Dutta, who was a 67-year-old national level swimmer on Friday morning drowned in a swimming pool at College Square under Amherst Street Police Station in central Kolkata.
According to the eyewitness accounts, Kajal Dutta was swimming in College Square Swimming Pool at around 7:15 am on Friday, as per his daily routine. Then he went missing in the water.
Other swimmers of the pool and divers from city police’s Disaster Management Group (DMG) are carrying out under-water search operations since 12 pm.
“At least 10 divers were conducting a thorough search for Dutta since morning but we are unable to locate him,” the officer said. “He has been a very good swimmer. We are not sure how come this mishap incident has happened today. We are shocked,” a senior member of the swimming club said.
Kajal Dutta, who was one of the trainers and lifesavers of the swimming pool, was a retired employee of Central Board of Excise and Customs.
A resident of Ramnath Biswas Lane, near Baithakkhana Road, Dutta is unmarried. His family comprises his 85-yearold mother Milanrani Dutta, an elder brother and three sisters.”For him, swimming is everything. Even at this age, he would come to the pool sharp at 6.30am and swim more than 500m. It is very difficult to believe he would drown in the same water he had grown up swimming in for the past 60 years,” said Mainak Ghosh, Dutta’s nephew who was trained by him.