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Dilip Kumar

Bhubaneswar: Holi celebrations turned tragic for some people in Odisha on Monday with deaths of two persons including a minor in drowning while four others were killed in separate road mishaps.

The drowning cases were reported from Sonepur and Keonjhar district while the road accidents that claimed four lives took place in Dhenkanal and Sambalpur districts.

A 16-year-old boy was swept away while taking bath at Mahanadi after Holi celebration in Sonepur district.

The minor boy identified as Sumit Meher was bathing along with his friends at the river. He slipped into the deep water and locals rescued him and rushed him to Sonepur district headquarters hospital. However, doctors declared him brought dead.

Sumit was the only son of Judhistir Meher, a block Development Officer (BDO) in the district.

In a similar incident, a youth met the watery grave at Anandpur in Keonjhar district. He drowned while taking bath at Baunsagada canal after celebrating Holi. Similarly, a man and nephew slipped into deep water during bathing at Mankadbhuya Ghat and became critical at Narasinghpur in Cuttack district. They were admitted to a local hospital.

On the other hand, two persons were killed after a sand-laden tractor overturned at Brahmani ghat near Kaluria in Dhenkanal district today. The deceased have been identified as Narottam Behera and Rajeev Behera of Kaluria village.

The incident took place last night while they were lifting sand. The tractor overturned on three persons after losing control. They were admitted to Dhenkanal district headquarters hospital where doctors declared the duo dead. Another person is currently undergoing treatment. His condition is stated to be critical.

In another road accident, two bikers were killed after a speeding truck hit them from behind at Paramanapur Square in Sambalpur district today. Another person who sustained critical injuries in the mishap has been admitted to VIMSAR, Burla.

Similarly, a woman died after being run over by a truck on NH-49 at Singada Chhak under Raruan police limits in Mayurbhanj district.

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