Berhampur: A 35-year-old man reportedly died after falling into an under-construction drain under an flyover in Ankoli area here on Thursday night.
The deceased has been identified as Purnachandra Samantray of Tota Sahi in Lanjipalli area here.
Sources said Purnachandra was returning home on his scooter at around 11 pm yesterday when he accidentally fell into an under-construction drain due to darkness. Iron rods inside the drain pierced through the body of Purnachandra killing him on the spot.
This morning, some locals spotted the body and immediately informed his family and Baidyanathpur police. The Baidyanathpur police along with traffic cops rushed to the spot to take stock. Later, the body was recovered after cutting of the iron rods.
Meanwhile, locals have expressed strong discontentment alleging callousness of the authorities concerned for not demarcating the construction site that led to the mishap.
“After completion of the flyover, construction work of the drain was underway since last couple of days. Thousands of people commute through the road daily but there is no street light in the area. Besides, the contractor has not placed any guard wall at the construction site for which the mishap occurred,” rued a local.