Books of condolence for Manchester student Souvik Pal

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Image caption Souvik Pal was described as a "fine student with great potential" by Professor John Brooks

Two books of condolence have opened for an Indian student whose body was found in a canal in Greater Manchester.

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) student Souvik Pal, 19, was last seen outside the Warehouse Project in Trafford on New Year's Eve.

His body was discovered in the Bridgewater Canal on Tuesday.

MMU's Professor John Brooks led the tribute to a "special person" who he described as an "affable young man" and "fine student with great potential".

'Real passion'

Vice chancellor Professor Brooks said it had been a "desperately sad week" for the whole university community following the discovery of Mr Pal's body.

He said: "Our thoughts are with Souvik's father, Santanu, and his family and friends in India and Manchester.

"Souvik was a very special person. He had made a brave decision to travel halfway around the world to follow his career plans and to invest in his future here at MMU.

"He was a sociable and affable young man with a real passion for design engineering. He was a fine student with great potential so his loss is just shattering."

The university said tributes had poured in for the product design engineering student.

The MMU said: "The intention is to create a bound book of thoughts and memories to give to Souvik's family."

On Friday, Greater Manchester Police returned to the Warehouse Project club where he was last seen alive to try and piece together what happened to him.

Mr Pal was last seen at about 23:00 GMT on 31 December and was reported missing by a flatmate the following morning.

A post mortem examination proved inconclusive and further tests are taking place.

Det Ch Insp Colin Larkin said there was nothing to suggest it was "anything other than a tragic accident" but they wanted to find out when, how and where Souvik entered the canal.

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