He was found in the water
Last month, 23-year-old Indian student Mitkumar Patel had gone missing in London.
His absence was reported to the police on November 18 and unfortunately, they located his body a few days later in the River Thames and paramedics declared him dead.
Concerns first arose among his relatives when he failed to return from his customary daily walk to the London residence where he was staying.
It was later discovered that he had left his set of keys behind.
His worried cousins reached out to missing persons charities and distributed posters and flyers in areas he frequented.
According to the Evening Standard newspaper, the student was scheduled to relocate to Sheffield on November 20 to commence a degree at Sheffield Hallam University.
Having only arrived from India in September, he had been residing with a cousin in Plaistow, East London.
He was found in the water on the morning of November 21 by a passer-by.
Mitkumar’s cousin, Parth Patel, revealed that in the days leading up to his death, Mitkumar had sent a series of voice messages to a relative.
These messages, discovered after his disappearance, reportedly outlined a plan to end his life.
Parth has since launched a GoFundMe page and has raised over £4500.
As part of the fundraiser appeal, Parth wrote in a statement:
“Mitkumar Patel was [23-year-old] boy who came to the UK for higher studies on 19th September 2023.
“He belonged to a farmer family and used to live in a village as well.
“He was missing from 17th November 2023. Now on 21st November police found his dead body [in] Canary Wharf in the water.
“It was sad for all of us.”
“So we decided to do fundraising [to help] out his family and to send his body to India as well.
“Everyone who wants to donate do not worry this fund is in safe hands and it will [go] to his family. Please we need help.”
Paramedics, a fire brigade and police responded to cries of a man’s body on the riverbank at Caledonian Wharf, Scotland Yard confirmed. A spokesperson said:
“Officers believe they know the identity of the deceased.
“The death is not believed to be suspicious.”
However, Mitkumar’s death has raised alarms in India and many people are growing worried due to a series of deaths involving Indian students abroad.