Mystery death of Souvik Pal sends out warning to fellow students about dangers of Manchester nightlife

By Sarah Brook

Concerned Manchester students are more alert than ever following the mysterious death of Souvik Pal on New Year’s Eve.

The 18-year-old Indian scholar was studying at Manchester Metropolitan University – he was found in a canal in Old Trafford on Tuesday, after he went missing from Warehouse Project three weeks prior.

With post mortem results proving to be inconclusive, Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin told the BBC more tests are needed to establish what happened.

“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 said.

Fellow Manchester Met student Lucy Adams, 23 – who was also at the venue on New Year – said she was upset to hear the news.

“It really hits home when something like this happens. There are usually a few incidents on big nights but nothing this serious.

“I hope the police can establish what happened to stop it from occurring again in the future,” she said.

Miss Adams admitted until police can confirm Souvik’s death was purely accidental, she will be taking extra precautions on nights out.

“I will be thinking twice about walking alone at night time now,” she added.

“You can never be too careful. You hear about these tragedies so often these days that one-day it might happen to you.

“An innocent life has gone like that now. I can’t even imagine what his family are going through.”

Josh Sargent, 23 – who also attended Warehouse project on the evening – admitted he would be taking more precautions the next time he goes out.

“I will definitely make sure I am more aware of my surroundings by drinking less and making sure all of my friends are together and are ok,” the student said.

Professor John Brooks, Vice-Chancellor at Manchester Metropolitan University issued a statement yesterday, expressing how saddened they were to have to report Souvik’s body had been found.

“Souvik was a very sociable and affable young man who embraced his studies and had a real passion for design engineering.

“He was a fine student with great potential – for all of us it is a huge shock and tragedy to lose him in this way,” he said.

“This is desperately sad news for Souvik’s family, friends and fellow students.”

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