Lamjung lad Bigul Pandit still missing, search to resume Saturday morning


11 January 2019: Bigul Pandit, who disappeared in the Murray River in Albury on Wednesday afternoon, is still missing as the third day of search by emergency crew has yielded no result.

According to Harry Adhikari, husband of the missing Lamjung boy’s cousin and his local guardian, police divers participating in the search for the accounting student finished for the day at 6 pm today. Mr Adhikari said the operation would resume at 8 am on Saturday morning.

Mr Pandit’s mother lives and works in Israel while his father lives in Nepal.

Extremely concerned and devastated by the news of their missing son, the parents are waiting for the outcome of the search operation before they decide whether or not to travel to Australia, Mr Adhikari told southasia.com.au on Thursday.

One of the young friends who witnessed Mr Pandit’s struggle to get out safely after he became troubled in the water told Mr Adhikari that the cafe employee yelled “I don’t know swimming! I don’t know swimming!” just before he completely disappeared into the Murray River.

He was at the Noreuil Park in Albury to celebrate Baha’i faith when the unfortunate incident took place.

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Emergency crew search for Bigul Pandit in the Murray River on January 10 I Photo: Durga Rimal

He had met the friends, with whom he was at the Murray River on Wednesday, only two weeks ago.

Members of the local Baha’i faith in Albury held a prayer at the site where Mr Pandit went missing as he played in the waist-deep water.

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