Sonepur: A picnic on the occasion of new year near Mahanadi river in Binika area of Odisha’s Sonepur district turned sour as a youth drowned in the water body today. The deceased has been identified as Anwesh Pradhan (22) of Seledi village under Binika police limits. He was a student of Gangadhar Meher University.
According to reports, some villagers, including Anwesh, were picnicking at the spot. Later, he and some of his friends went to the river for taking bath. Unfortunately, he slipped into deep waters while bathing. Though his friends tried to rescue him, but in vain.
On being informed, Fire Service personnel rushed to the place, rescued him, and took him to the District Headquarters Hospital. However, doctor declared him dead at the hospital.
A pall of gloom descended on the village after the tragic incident.