Jajpur: A five-year-old boy drowned to death in a nullah while trying to retrieve a colourful miniature boat in Raghunathpur village under Erabanka panchayat in Jajpur district today.
The deceased was identified as Sudhanshu Sekhar Barik. One of the family members of the deceased said the minor child went into Dudehei nullah when his family members were busy with some work. When the family members did not find Sudhanshu for a long time, they launched a frantic search.
One of the family members spotted a child floating in the nullah. Upon closer examination, it was established that Sudhanshu drowned in the water body. The child is believed to have gone into the water to bring a colourful paper boat, the family member added.
The boy was rushed to the Jajpur District Headquarters Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
After being informed, police registered an unnatural death case and initiated an investigation.