Rayagada: Two youths were killed in separate drowning incidents during Boita Bandhana celebrations on Tuesday.
In the first incident, one Suman Behera of Muniguda was out with his friend Shyamsundar to sailboats in Nagabali River during the Boita Bandhana on Kartika Purnima today at 4 am. The duo slipped into the river, however, Shyamsundar was saved by a spate of good luck as Suman was pulled in by water current. It took Fire Service Officials two hours to retrieve his body. After an autopsy, his mortal remains will be handed over to his family later today.
The second incident occurred in Bansadhara River near Gumuda of Gunupur. Here too the youth drowned while setting afloat boats during the Kartika Purnima celebrations. His body was later found and sent for autopsy.
The two deaths dampened the Kartika Purnima celebrations of Rayagada district.