Sambalpur: A first year engineering student of Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT), Burla today drowned at Power channel siphon here, police said.

The deceased has been as identified as Amarnath Mallick. Police said, Amarnath was staying in university hostel.

He had gone to power channel siphon to take bath with his three friends in the afternoon. But, he got drowned unfortunately while taking bath.

The other three engineering students, who had gone to the power channel siphon with Amarnath, informed the local people, who in turn called the fire brigade. Fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and fished out the body from the water.

Inspector-in-charge of Burla police station, Manas Ranjan Pradhan said, "The deceased is from Kandamal district.

However, his parents stay at Rayagada. We have already informed the parents of the deceased about the incident."

"A case of unnatural death has been registered in the police station in this regard. The body has been sent for autopsy," he informed.