Bhadrak, Apr 15: A minor girl and her younger brother drowned in Baitarani River near Gaurangpur under Dhamnagar police limits in Bhadrak district today.
The deceased have been identified as Gyana Ranjan Das (5) and Barsha Priyadarshini (10).
According to locals, Gyana was crossing an under-construction bridge on the river when he lost his balance and slipped into the deep water. His sister tried to get him out but unfortunately, she also fell into the river following which they both drowned.
On the other hand, some villagers claimed that they have gone to wash up after attending nature’s call when they met the watery grave.
On being informed, the police reached the spot and initiated a probe into the matter.