Mohana, May 23: Three brothers died of suffocation in Birikote village under Adaba police limits in Gajapati district today morning.
The deceased have been identified as Bikram Majhi, Sanjeev Majhi and Jitu Majhi.
According to reports, Sanjeev reportedly entered into the tunnel, which has been dug inside their house, to get something. However, he suffered from asphyxiation and fell unconscious, following which Bikram entered to rescue him. But he also fell unconscious.
After his brothers did not respond to his call, Jitu entered the tunnel to rescue the duo but unfortunately he was trapped in the tunnel.
As the trio did not come out from the tunnel, their sister Taraka Majhi alerted family members and neighbours, who rescued them and rushed them to the Birikote Hospital.
After their condition deteriorated, they were shifted to the Mohana Hospital where attending doctors declared them dead.
The Adava police reached the hospital and seized the bodies and started investigation.