Missing 18-yr-old Indian student found dead in Britain

Souvik Pal, an Indian student in Britain who had been missing since New Year's Eve, was found dead in a canal near Manchester United Club's football ground. Initial post-mortem on his body proved inconclusive, the police said on Wednesday.

Souvik's body was found by specialist officers in Bridgewater Canal, near Manchester United's Old Trafford football ground, at 2 pm on Tuesday.

Souvik, 18, disappeared after being separated from his friends while celebrating New Year's Eve at a nightclub in Manchester city. He was last seen at around 11 pm. He was on a night out with his friends at the Warehouse Project in Trafford, Greater Manchester.

The following morning Souvik was reported missing by his flatmate. He lived in Cavendish halls of residence on Cambridge Street.

Souvik's father Santanu had travelled from his home in Bangalore to help with the search.

Souvik's family has been informed of the latest development in the case, a Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said. They said further toxicology tests will be carried out to establish the cause of the death, the BBC reported.

While extending support to the teenager's family, Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin said, "Our thoughts and condolences are with Souvik's family at this devastating time and our officers are doing all they can to support them."

"We do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding Souvik's death and a file will be submitted to the coroner in due course," he added.

A number of appeals were made to trace Souvik, including the use of digital advertising hoardings at Manchester United's domestic Premier League of Football home game against Liverpool.

Souvik had enrolled for a course in product designing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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