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Rashmi Ranjan

The team of fire services personnel, on Monday, recovered a body from a drain near Panchasakha Nagar in Bhubaneswar during a search operation to trace a minor boy Jyoti Prakash Behera, who went missing after falling into an open storm water channel on Sunday afternoon.

The close relatives of the boy have identified the body at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar.

Notably, 15 year-old Jyoti fell into the floodwater-filled turbulent drain with his cycle near Satabdi Nagar Bank Colony in Siripur area while going to attend tuition classes.

In no time, he was swept away by the heavy current in the drain due to torrential rain.

Soon after the incident, a team of around 40 fire brigade personnel, along with police and local residents launched frantic search and rescue operation to trace the missing boy. 

Locals and Opposition political parties have blamed the State government and local city civic administration for mismanagement of drains that led to the horrific mishap.

Meanwhille, the Odisha government on Monday announced to provide a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the family of Jyoti Prakash Behera, a 15-year-old student who died after falling into an open sewer on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking to media Science and Technology minister Ashok Panda said, “A compensation of Rs 4 lakh will be provided to the bereaved family as per relief code the relief code.”

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