The 40-year-old Lahiri was popularly known as “Wizard Mandrake”. A video of his final act shows clips of him being chained and lowered into the water. Lahiri was expected to free himself, but failed to do so.
Although the police and the media were on hand, they could not help the performer, whose body was eventually found 1 km away.
According to media reports, the trick was inspired by American illusionist Harry Houdini, who was known for his escape acts.