Vikash Sharma

The Odisha Fire Services Department personnel on Sunday fished out the bodies of all three persons, who had gone missing while taking a bath in the Ib River in Sundargarh on Saturday. The deceased have been identified as Md Rizwan and Md Faran, who are said to be minors, and Md Sazid, who happens to be the uncle of both minors.

As per initial reports, the three and others from a family from the Regent Market area of Sundargarh town had gone to the riverside for a picnic. It was deceased Md Faran's birthday and the family had planned a special function yesterday.

After having lunch, Sazid along with the two minors went to the river to take a bath. The mishap occurred when the trio slipped into the deep waters of the river and went missing.

A massive search operation was subsequently launched to trace the missing persons. However, the operation had to be suspended owing to darkness.

It is pertinent to mention here that three persons had died in a similar mishap during Holi last year.