Two brothers drowned to death on Tuesday in a river while in Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district, the police said.
The deceased have been identified as Subha Ranjan Pal, 32, and Swadesh Pal, 22 — residents of Baredia village.
“The deceased cousin brothers had gone to the river bank along with other relatives to attend the 10th day post-death ritual of their cousin sibling, Sarat Chandra Pal, a Border Security Force jawan who had died in a tragic road mishap at Niali in Cuttack a few days ago.
“The younger cousin Swadesh got stuck in quicksand after jumping into the water. Meanwhile, Subha Ranjan also drowned when trying to save Swadesh,” a police source said.
The police along with fire service personnel later reached the spot and fished out both the victims. They were rushed to a hospital at Adaspur area in Cuttack district where the doctors declared them ‘brought dead’.