It is a gloomy atmosphere in the Dumerpali village of under Sohela police station of Bargarh district ever since the villagers came to know about the accident occurred in Saturday evening at near Tegnanala canal on NH 6 near Bargarh which took the lives of 8 females including 5 children who all native of the village. The accident was occurred after the Maruti van carrying them all got into the canal water and they died in the water because of suffocation. In a heart-braking environment villagers cremated the bodies on Sunday.
Police said, the lone survival of the accident, Lakyapati Pradhan was driving the van when the accident took place. He lost control over the vehicle after the one of the rear tire of the vehicle was busted. The deceased includes the wife, nice and daughters of Pradhan who also owned the Maruti van.
“While returning to their native Dumerpali village after staying for sometime at Gopalpali, the tire of the vehicle was busted and the van fell down into the canal water. Since water was in full spate, they all died in suffocation. However with the help of locals, Lakyapati was the only victim who got survived in the accident”, SDPO (Bargarh) Bijay Kumar Dash said.
Later in the late evening the dead bodies were fished out from the water and sent for autopsy. “We handed over the bodies to the family after conducting autopsy”, SDPO Dash said. Police identified the deceased as Pinky (13) Rinky (7), chaiti (4) Khyamata (3) (all daughters of Pradhan), Puspa (9) Nilima (22) (niece of Pradhan) Gitanjali (38) (Wife) and Janhavi Pradhan (aunt-in-law of Pradhan).