Kendrapara: ‘Crocodile fear’ gripped residents of Nilakanthapur village under Pattamundai block in Kendrapara district after a youth reportedly went missing while taking bath in Brahmani river last evening.
However, a search operation is underway to trace the youth identified as Chandan Dey of Nilakanthapur village.
According to sources, Chandan while returning from his farmland stopped by the river to freshen up last evening. He kept his belongings on the river embankment and went into the water for bathing. When he did not return late in the night, his family members went on searching for him. Later, they found Chandan’s belonging on the river embankment.
On receiving information, a firefighting team along with ODRAF officials reached the spot and launched a search operation. However, the search drive was halted due to bad weather and extreme darkness, sources said.
Today morning, the officials have again resumed the search operation in the water body, sources added.