Minor boy drowns in drain in Puri; locals block road

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Puri: Tension erupted at Balighat Chhak in Puri district on Wednesday following the death of a minor boy who fell and drowned inside a drain in the area last evening. The deceased has been identified as Ganesh Nayak (7), son of Prakash Nayak of Nuasahi village.

According to sources, Ganesh had left home for tuition class last evening but did not return, following which his family members carried out a frantic search and later lodged a missing complaint at Sadar police station.

However, the minor boy’s body was recovered this morning from a drain near the village.

Irate locals staged road blockade at Puri-Konark National Highway by burning tyres and placing the dead body on road demanding compensation for the family of the deceased. The agitators also demanded to cover the drain immediately.

On being informed, police reached the spot and tried to pacify the locals, but in vain.

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