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Bhubaneswar: Software engineer Rakesh Pattnaik, who went missing in the Mahendra Taneya river at Paralakhemundi while taking a selfie on Wednesday, was found dead a day later. The rescue teams of police and fire brigade fished out his body from the water in the morning.

This is perhaps the first official selfie death in the state. On September 26, engineering student Subhendu Nayak was seriously injured after coming in contact with an overhead live wire near the Mancheswar railway station while posing for a selfie atop a goods train.

Software engineer found dead

Babul Nayak, inspector-in-charge of Paralakhemundi police station, said: “Pattnaik and his friend was taking selfies after climbing onto the branch of a tree which was jutting over the river. Accidentally he slipped and fell into the river. We tried a lot to trace him, but to no avail.”

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The mishap took place close to BN Palace, a popular tourist hangout in town. Police said Pattnaik, who was working in a top IT company in Bangalore and had come to his native in Gajapati district for Dussehra, had first taken some selfies with his friend palace trying a different shot and thereby plunging to his death.

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