Official Suspended for Draining Water Reservoir After Selfie Mishap

The Gayathri Reservoir, near Chitradurga, Karnataka, India, is pictured. (Amith Nag Photography / Getty Images) 

 By The Associated Press

 May 27, 2023 at 10:08pm

A government official in India has been suspended from his job after he ordered a water reservoir to be drained, so he could retrieve his smartphone, which he had dropped while taking a selfie.
Food inspector Rajesh Vishwas dropped his Samsung smartphone in Kherkatta dam in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh last week, The Times of India newspaper reported.
Vishwas first asked local divers to jump into the reservoir to find the device, claiming it contained sensitive government data. But after the initial efforts to retrieve his smartphone failed, he asked for the reservoir to be emptied using diesel pumps.

Over the next three days, more than 500,000 gallons of water were pumped out from the reservoir, which is enough to irrigate at least 1,500 acres of land during India’s scorching summer, local media reported.
In videos that went viral on social media, Vishwas is seen sitting under a red umbrella as diesel pumps run to drain water from the reservoir.


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Vishwas told local media the water in the reservoir was unusable for irrigation and that he had received permission from a senior official to drain it.
The smartphone was eventually retrieved but wouldn’t even start because it was waterlogged.

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