A stuntman in India who tries to recreate a trick of magical legend Harry Houdini is declared missing and feared dead the day after he allegedly jumped into a river.
Chanchal Lahiri, also known on stage Name Wizard Mandrake, who reportedly jumped into the Hooghly River on Sunday while tied up with ropes and steel chains.
Before dipping, he was asked by a local photographer why he risked his life for magic.
Lahiri replies to the BBC: "If I can break free, it will be magical, if I can not, it will be tragic."
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There are conflicting reports about whether Lahiri jumped from the Howrah Bridge in Calcutta into the widest part of the river or fell in with a crane. The plan was for him to swim back to the shore after untying himself.
However, local newspapers have reported that Lahiri – also known as the Chanchal Sarkar by the Hindustan Times – has not emerged from the river since Sunday, triggering a massive search.
] "We searched the area extensively, but neither Sarkar nor his body could be found," a Hindustan Times police officer said on Sunday, adding that the stuntman could only be declared dead when a body was found.
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Lahiri is located in the southern suburbs of Kolkata and has obtained permission from the Kolkata and Kolkata Post Trust Police she tried the stunt, policeman Syed Waquar Raza said the times of India. However, going into the river was never part of the original proposal, Raza said.
"He had clearly stated that the action should take place on a boat or ship and there was no connection with water. That's why we gave him permission, "he said. "However, he vaguely mentioned an" additional act "that he did not clarify.We are investigating."
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Lahiri has previously tried similar tricks He escaped more than 20 years ago after being lowered into the same river in a glass box.
However, after another Houdini-inspired crash in 2013, he was harassed by viewers who claimed they had him secretly See trap escape Door installed in steel cage after being lowered into the water.