Fati Majik, a youth hailing from Virdi-Maharashtra, seven km away from Keri-Sattari, drowned on November 18 at the Vazra Sakhala waterfall. His body is yet to be traced.
The family of the youth has been in deep grief as the government machinery has failed to find the body. On the request of villagers of Virdi, fire personnel from Ponda and Bicholim carried out a search for the body, but they were unable to find it.
Gurudas Vishnu Chorlekar, maternal uncle of the deceased, while speaking to TOI, said, "As Fati was the lone bread earner for the family, his parents and four sisters are under deep grief over the last four days. There is urgent need to take steps for carrying out a search for the body by the government authority from Maharashtra."
V Aphale, police inspector at Dodamarg police station, when contacted by TOI, said "Our district collector from Sindhudurg has written a request letter to the North Goa collector and on his directives, the officials of the Navy will carry out a search for the body."
When Indian Navy officials, based in Goa, were contacted, an official, Laxmi Kumar, said "Our personnel will help to trace the corpse only if either of the state governments request us."
Along with police, the tehsildar of Dodamarg, Vijay Talekar, also visited Vazra Sakhala on November 20.
Youth from Virdi and surrounding areas carried out a search at the site which is situated in a deep and remote valley spanning across the borders of Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka and is encircled by rocky terrain.
Vazra Sakhala waterfalls has been attracting a large number of tourists from Goa and Maharashtra since the monsoons. [TOI]