Dhenkanal: In a tragic incident, two minor sisters were drowned in a pond during their visit to a relative’s house on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan in Dhenkanal district on Sunday.
The incident took place at Karadapal village under Bhuban police limits in the district. The deceased were identified as Laxmi Birua (8) and her sister Radha (5).
According to sources, the siblings hailed from Baghabol village in Talcher of Angul district. They had gone to their maternal aunt’s house at Karadapal to tie rakhi to their cousins on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.
The minor siblings had gone to attend natures’ call near the village pond along with other children in the evening. Later, Radha slipped and fell into the water body. Laxmi jumped into the pond and tried to save her sister and in the process, the duo drowned.
When they did not return home till late, their aunt launched a search and got to know about their drowning from other children. Later, the villagers fished out their bodies from the pond.