Bhadrak: In a tragic incidence, three youths drowned in Baitarani River while taking bath near Nerada panchayat under Bhandaripokhari in Bhadrak district today.
The three deceased have been identified as Diptiranjan Boitai (17), Jagannath Boitai (15) and Pradeep Bal (20), all residents of Boitai Sahi.
According to sources, the trio went missing after getting trapped in a pit created by sand mafia after mining.
Reportedly, of the three boys, one was rescued by locals and admitted to a nearby hospital where he breathed his last. The bodies of other two were fished out of the river one hour later.