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10-yr-old drowns in Patamda pond

A 10-year-old boy drowned while taking bath at a pond in Patamda, about 35km from Jamshedpur steel city, on Thursday, while Galudih police fished out the body of a police constable who had also drowned while bathing in Subernarekha on Saturday.

A resident of Timir village in Kamalpur block, Manoj Mahto went to the nearby pond alone around 9.30am. According to a relative, Manoj usually went for bath with his mother. “But on Thursday, his mother was busy in the field. So, Manoj went alone, informing no one. When his mother Kajal returned home around 10am to ready him for school, Manoj was nowhere to be seen. First, she looked for her son around the village. Finally, the body was found around 1pm,” said Manoj’s uncle Shushil Mahto.

After the body was fished out, the villagers informed the officer-in-charge of Kamalpur thana outpost from where a team rushed to the spot and sent the body for post-mortem.

“We have registered a case of unnatural death,” said OC Mahbir Oraon.

In the other incident, the body of police constable Ramanand Soren (40) was fished out from Subernarekha along Maubhandar in Ghatshila police station area on Thursday.

Soren, who was posted at Galudih thana, had drowned at Galudih barrage while taking bath on Saturday afternoon. “The body emerged on the water surface along Maubhandar, about 8km from the place of occurrence,” said OC Kuldeep Ram.

The body was later brought to Golmuri police line for guard of honour.