…As Egypt’s former president Morsi buried in eastern Cairo***
The body of an Indian magician who attempted to perform Harry Houdini’s famed underwater escape trick has been discovered, police said on Tuesday.
Harry Houdini was a Hungarian-born American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts.
A police officer at the North Port Police Station said Chanchal Lahiri’s body, which confirmed that he drowned while attempting Houdini’s feat, was washed up two kilometres from the site of the incident.
Police said Lahiri’s body was identified by his relatives on Monday.
“His hands were free but his legs were still bound by chain and rope.
“Lahiri, 42, who adopted the stage name Mandrake, attempted the stunt by being lowered into the Hooghly River in the eastern city of Kolkata on Sunday,” the police officer added.
Local media reports said that a search operation was launched immediately after spectators did not see him re-emerge.
It noted that the magician had not taken proper security precautions in preparing for the risky act.
Lahiri, who performed a version of the underwater escape in 2013, was however, assaulted by spectators who said that a false door in the cage was easily visible.
“He also made an unsuccessful attempt to walk on the Hooghly River a few years before that,’’ the local media also reported.
Lahiri gave a televised interview before the fatal incident, saying his hands and legs were being shackled with six locks, steel chain and a rope.
“It will be very difficult to free myself but I should manage it. If I can do it, it will be magic. If I cannot, it will be tragic,” Lahiri said smiling.
In the meantime, Egypt’s former President Mohammed Morsi has been buried in Cairo, his son said on Tuesday, after he collapsed in court and died a day earlier.
Morsi’s son, Abdullah, said in a tweet that his father was buried near two Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leaders in eastern Cairo’s Nasr City district.
He said security agencies had refused to allow their father to be buried at the family grave in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya.
“We washed his noble body at the hospital of Torah prison and read the prayers for him inside the mosque of the hospital.
“The burial took place at the grave of Muslim Brotherhood guides in Nasr city,” Abdullah said.
Morsi, who hails from the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, became Egypt’s first democratically elected leader in 2012 before being deposed in a military coup the following year.
He collapsed during a court session in Cairo. He was 67.
Monday’s session was part of a trial in which he was facing treason charges for allegedly leaking secret state documents to Qatar while he was in office.
The Ministry of Interior declared a state of maximum alert in the country after the announcement.
The Muslim Brotherhood was formed in 1928, though was only able to transform to a political party, the Freedom and Justice Party, in 2011, while it was headed by Morsi.