Howrah : An Indian Magician identified as Chanchal Lahiri who tried to perform tricks like the legendary magician of escape games Harry Houdini was reportedly drowned in the Ganga on Sunday while trying to perform an underwater stunt.
According to eye witnesses, Lahiri went inside the river from Millenium Park with the intention to mesmerize the audience with his magic trick but disappeared near pillar number 28 of the Howrah Bridge.
The police along with Disaster Management Group began a search operation for him.
We tried to spot him. But it seems the stream has swept him away. Our divers dived deep, but could not locate him. Because of darkness, we had to temporarily stop our search operation on Sunday evening. We will resume it tomorrow,” a senior police officer said.
Lahiri, police sources, said had taken permission to show the stunts.
Lahiri was blindfolded, his hands and legs bound up. He was to be picked up in that position from the boat by a crane, stationed on the Howrah Bridge that would in turn lower him into the river. The magic was that he would come up from water, by untying himself on his own.
Accordingly he went to the middle of the river just underneath the bridge from where he was picked up by the crane and thrown into the river near pillar number 28 of the bridge.
The spectators initially were seen cheering for him but after 10 minutes had passed the crowd started panicking as the magician did not come up to the surface of the river.
Soon some of the spectators called the police for help. The Policemen rushed to the spot along with Disaster Management group and started a search for Lahiri.
Divers dived in to locate the magician but because it had gone dark, the divers left the search operation.