Bhubaneswar: Two minor siblings, a Class-VIII and Plus-II students, drowned in Baitarani river Oadapada Ghat under Anandpur police station in Keonjhar district.
The deceased were the students of Class-VIII and Plus-II. They had come to their uncle’s village for the Maa Mangala puja.
The mishap occurred today when the duo entered the river for bathing. The minor boy first drowned. When the youth tried to save him, he also swept away in the current.
The bodies have been fished out from the river. They were rushed to hospital nearby where the doctor declared them dead. A pall of gloom descended on the village.
Meanwhile, angry locals torched a JCB machine and truck.