Bhadrak: Police and Fire Services personnel launched a search operation on Thursday to locate a man and his infant daughter who went missing after they jumped into the Baitarini river from the Akhuapada bridge in Bhandari block in Odisha’s Bhadrak district on Wednesday evening.
The man has been identified as Chandan Sahu, a native of Paramanandpur village in the district.
According to reports, Chandan came to the Baitarini bridge with his infant daughter on a motorcycle and jumped into the river on Wednesday evening. His motorbike, mobile phone, and shoes were found lying on the bridge
On being informed by the shocked onlookers, local police and Fire Services personnel reached the spot and made preparations for a search operation. However, they were unable to launch the search operation on Wednesday evening as it was already dark. The search operation was launched on Thursday morning.
However, the search party is yet to trace the whereabouts of the father or his daughter till the time of writing this report.
It is worth mentioning here that Chandan’s wife Laxmipriya died in Surat some months back. Later, he returned to his village with his tw0-and-a-half-year daughter.
The police said that they are yet to ascertain the circumstances under which Chandan took such a drastic step.