Holi revelry leaves 21 dead, 40 injured

Bhubaneswar: Holi revelry in the State took many ugly turns on Thursday which claimed at least 21 lives and left over forty injured.

While eight deaths were reported due to drowning in various water bodies in the state, 13 deaths due to road accidents at various places were registered.

According to sources, while two persons drowned while taking bath at Sasan canal at Sambalpur, one each in Burla, Cuttack, Jajpur, Puri, Champua and Kendrapara drowned during Holi celebration.

The two persons who drowned while taking bath at Sasan canal have been identified as Shyam Sundar Nayak and Saroj Panigrahi of Housing Board Colony in Mudipada.

Similarly, Jyotrimaya Pradhan, a plus two student of Charampma Abantika College in Bhadrak drowned while taking bath in pond after celebrating Holi.

In a major road accident, six persons were killed and two more injured as a Scorpis in which they were travelling overturned near Neulapur square in Dharmasala in Jajpur district on Thursday.

While three of the passengers in the vehicle – two women and a child – died on the spot, three others succumbed to their injuries at the Badachana hospital.

Two passengers critically injured in the accident have been shifted to SCB medical college and hospital in Cuttack for treatment, police said. The deceased are yet to be identified.

Eyewitnesses said the Scorpio vehicle turned turtle at the Neulapur Sqaure on the NH-5 at around 11 am. The incident occurred when the vehicle was overtaking a truck, they added. The vehicle bearing West Bengal registration number was going to Puri.

In another road accident, two bike borne youths died near Biradia in Dhenkanal district on Thursday afternoon. Police have seized the bike and sent the bodies for postmortem. A similar accident case was reported from the capital city in which a biker died near Rasulgarh square. Police said the biker was in an inebriated condition.

Similarly, while two persons died in a road accident near Ochinda on Panikoili-Ragadi road in Jajpur, one each died at different accidents in Baripada and Deogarh.

In the trauma centre at the Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar, more than forty people were brought with Holi-related injuries.