Sambalpur: In a tragic incident, a class VIII girl drowned while taking bath in Malatijor nullah near Kudapali area in Sambalpur district on Sunday.
The deceased minor has been identified as Gosiya Begum.
According to sources, students of a private coaching centre had been to Kudapali area for a picnic. The deceased drowned while taking bath in nullah situated near the picnic spot.
Soon after spotting Begum drowning, some locals present at the spot rescued her in a critical condition. However, Begum died on the way to the nearest hospital.
On being informed, local police visited the spot and sent the body for postmortem. The police registered a case of unnatural death and handed the body to the family members of the deceased after the postmortem.
However, the family members of the deceased demanded action against authorities of the private coaching centre for their negligence leading to the death of the minor.