Bhubaneswar: After a 18-hour long operation, the Fire Service officials have traced out the body of a 15 year boy Jyotirmaya Behera, who was swept away by drain water in the city yesterday.
The incident happened when Jyotirmaya, a Class X student, was going for tuition at Gandamunda on a bicycle yesterday afternoon. He was reportedly swept away in the drain of Shatabdi Nagar Bank Colony in Siripur area.
The fire services personnel today recovered the body of the boy from the drain near Panchasakha Nagar of Bhubaneswar. The family members identified the deceased body as Jyotirmaya here at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). His body has been sent for autopsy, fire service officials said.
Meanwhile, Opposition BJP and Congress targeted the State government and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) authority over the mishap.
The BJP, which had filed an FIR against BMC officials yesterday, today staged a protest before the BMC office. BJP leader Dillip Mohanty demanded a compensation of Rs 1 crore to the family members of the deceased. Congress workers led by MLA Suresh Routray had also staged demonstrations over the incident.
This is not the first such incident in the capital city of Odisha. In 2015, a nine-year-old boy died after falling into a city drain while a 65-year-old lady had drowned in an open drain in 2019.