Rashmi Ranjan

A marriage celebration turned into tragedy in Berhampur of Ganjam district after at least three women were killed after being hit by an SUV late Tuesday night. The mishap that occurred at Mandiapalli village under Gopalpur police limits also left as many as 12 persons grievously injured.

The deceased have been identified as Swapna Reddy (22), Sanju Reddy (23) and Bharati Reddy (12) of Lanjipalli area.

According to sources, the mishap took place when the groom’s family was waiting for the bride’s side for ‘Barana’ ritual after the completion of the marriage. 

Suddenly, a speeding Scorpio vehicle heading towards Gopalpur rammed into the procession leading to the death of three persons on the spot.

All the injured have been admitted to MKCG Medical College and Hospital. Among them, the health conditions of two-three persons are stated to be critical. They may be shifted to Cuttack if needed.

The driver of the vehicle has managed to flee the spot following the mishap, sources added.

Meanwhile, the police have reached the spot and started an investigation into the matter.

(Reported by Jagannath Sahu, OTV)