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CCTV appeal to trace party goers who may have seen Souvik Pal

March 5, 2013, 11:11 am

Detectives investigating the death of Souvik Pal have released CCTV images of a number of people they believe may have seen the student before his disappearance.

Officers would like to speak to the five people who were seen outside the Warehouse Project at around 11pm on Monday 31 December 2012, at around the same time that Souvik left the club.

Souvik, 19, was reported missing by a flatmate at about 5.30am on Tuesday 1 January 2013. He was last seen at the Warehouse Project, Trafford Wharf Road, at about 11pm on Monday 31 December 2012.

His body was recovered from the Bridgewater Canal near Old Trafford football stadium at around 2pm on Tuesday 22 January 2013.

Three CCTV images show five people who were outside the Warehouse Project after 11pm. From their enquiries, detectives believe they may have seen Souvik, who was seen on footage walking around outside for a short period of time.

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin, said: “This has been a very difficult time for the family of Souvik Pal, who understandably want to know the circumstances surrounding his tragic death.

“Our investigation to try and meet this aim is ongoing and we need as much information as possible from the public.

“This is why we are asking for the people pictured to come forward and speak to the police about what they may remember.

“I want to firstly say to them that they are not in any trouble at all and there should be no reason for them to hesitate to get in touch with us.

“All we want know is what they saw, even if they don’t think they have any information that is significant to this investigation.”

One of the people pictured is a young man, who at one point was seen walking away from the Warehouse Project with Souvik. The young woman who is pictured was also seen talking to this man earlier on.

Detectives believe that two people seen a short time later on the other opposite side of the Bridgewater Canal may have been Souvik and this man.

DCI Larkin added: “We are keeping an open mind but believe that both Souvik and this young man may have been simply trying to find a way back into the Warehouse Project.

“It is of course possible that Souvik was not with one of these men seen other side of the canal, but to help our investigation we urge this man to come forward.

“At the moment, I do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, but we continue to keep an open mind.

“While we cannot rule out any third party involvement, all of our enquiries suggest that Souvik’s death was the result of a tragic accident.

“However, we are preparing a full report for the coroner, who will ultimately consider all of the evidence that is put to him when an inquest is heard.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4423 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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