Bhubaneswar: In a tragic mishap, a youth reportedly drowned in the Kushabhadra River at Balipatna in Khurda district early this morning.
The deceased was identified as Niranjan Barik of Kulasahi village under the Balipatana block.
According to reports, Niranjan was taking bath in the river when he slipped into the deep water. He was taking bath alone in the riverbank. Villagers taking bath at distant could see him being washed away into the river and could not rescue him. He was fished out later.
A pal of gloom descended in the area following the incident.