The body of a 25-year-old youth has been recovered from the Mathabhanga River, a day after he jumped into the river while trying to run away from police.
The deceased was identified as Tokon Ali, son of Auduchh Uddin of Notunpara area under Alamdanga upazila in the district.
Jahidul Islam, assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Hatboulia Police Outpost, said on information they chased four people who were playing cards under a bush on the bank of the river in Bhanbaria village around 12pm on Wednesday.
Though two of the four were caught and detained, the other two jumped in the river to avoid capture.
Tokon Ali, a vegetable vendor, was washed away with a heavy tide as he didn’t know how to swim. The other one managed to swim to safety, the ASI said.
Police and local people carried out a search and rescue operation in the river on Wednesday but failed to find him the entire day, the police officer said, adding that they released the detained as nothing illegal was found regarding them.
Later, a diving team from Khulna Fire Service recovered the body from the river in Natibhanga Ghat area under Baradi Union on Thursday afternoon.
Anisuzzaman Lalon, additional superintendent of the district police, termed the incident as unexpected.