Pune Software Engineer Falls To Death In Tamhini Ghat

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Pimpri Chinchwad/Raigad, 28th January 2024: Pranay Pawar (30), a software engineer from Kalewadi, Pune, met with a fatal accident on Thursday evening, falling 600 feet off a cliff at Tamhini Ghat. Pawar was en route to Mahad to attend a religious function when the incident occurred at a selfie point within the Mangaon police jurisdiction of Raigad.

Local residents alerted the police upon discovering an abandoned bike, a backpack containing a laptop and documents, and a cellphone positioned on the safety wall of the ghat. Responding to the call, a seven-member rescue team, led by Assistant Police Inspector ND Lahange with the support of Constables RS Pawar and others, promptly reached the location.

The rescuers descended approximately 600 feet and identified Pawar’s lifeless body caught in a tree in a precarious area. However, they faced a challenge as the body was 50 feet away, making direct access difficult. Employing anchor hooks attached to the victim’s clothing, the team skillfully lifted his body to a safer position.

Sushil Kasare, one of the rescuers, emphasized the significance of the tree, stating that without it, the body would have plummeted another 600 feet into the gorge. The intricate operation, carried out with the assistance of the Garudmaachi rescue team, concluded past midnight, ensuring the safe retrieval of the deceased.

“The victim’s persistently ringing cellphone on the safety wall helped us establish contact with his wife and family members. The exact circumstances leading to the incident are currently under investigation,” shared ND Lahange, assistant inspector of the police.

According to authorities, Pawar was on his way to his hometown in Mahad to reunite with his mother, who had recently arrived there. The victim leaves behind his wife, also a software engineer, whom he married a year ago. The couple was residing in Pune with the victim’s family.