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Pradeep Pattanayak

Three minor boys drowned while taking bath in Mahanadi river near Jobra in Cuttack on Sunday.

According to sources, the three boys identified as Chhotu, Raj and Sahil of Chunabhati Charigharia area were swept away while bathing due to strong current in the river.

Some locals jumped into the river and managed to rescue one of the boys in critical condition while two others are still missing. 

ODRAF and Fire personnel reached the spot and launched a rescue operation along with the local residents.  Till last reports came in, the search operation was still underway. 

Meanwhile, the rescued boy Sahil was declared dead by doctors at the SCB Medical College and Hospital. 

Locals alleged the members of ODRAF and Fire Personnel were not serious in carrying out their job. ‘Instead of diving into the water to search the missing boys, they are only surfing the water level to spot any bodies,” alleged a resident of Cuttack.  

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