2 killed, 2 injured as van falls into power channel

Burla: Two persons including a woman were killed and two others injured after a van they were travelling in plunged into a power channel near Athara Hazar Siphon here yesterday.

The deceased were identified as Rakesh Kumar Jha (41) of Balaji Colony and Shanti Majhi (24) of Bangalipada.

Manoj Kumar Bahidar (28) and Satyabhama Pandey (24) were rescued from the power channel in a critical condition and admitted to VSS Medical College and Hospital.

After the news spread, hundreds of locals gathered at the hospital and stage protest demanding high-level probe into the matter.

Police have registered a case and begun investigations.

Source said Jha, the owner of a water-pouch manufacturer unit along with Shanti, a labourer in the factory and two others had gone for a picnic to Athara Hazar Siphon in the van yesterday morning. However, the vehicle fell into the power channel when they were returning home.

Police rescued the injured with the help of locals and admitted them to the hospital.