Sidharth Tanmoy Dash

Bhadrak: A woman and two minor girls drowned in a pond at Sahapur Nuangaon under Tihidi Police limits in Chandbali block of Bhadrak district today.

The deceased minor girls have been identified as one Ashok Das’s daughter Anjana (9) and Shridhar Mallik’s daughter Shrabani (10), while the woman has been identified as the grandmother of the duo.

According to sources, both Anjana and Shrabani had gone to a nearby pond after attending nature’s call, but didn’t return. The duo's grandmother while searching them found the bodies of the minor girls floating in the pond. Out of desperation she also entered the pond to rescue them, but met with the same fate, added sources.

The villagers reportedly reached the spot and rescued the bodies.  Police have launched an investigation into the matter.