**Angul:** In tragic incident, a five year old student drowned in a pond where he had gone to attend the nature’s call. The deceased identified as Sambit Panthei, was a stdent of Standard I in Dadar Upper Primary School under Tapadhol panchayat in Athmallik.
While the classes were on, Sambit took leave for a few minutes and went to a pond located in the vicinity of the school. When the child did not return for long time, a search was conducted only to spot his body along the water body.
Tension prevailed in the area after the incident and locals block the road. The locals alleged serious negligence of the school authorities over the mishap. Police recovered the body and sent it for autopsy. An unnatural death (UD) case has been registered in this connection.