Three youths including the only son of former Congress MP Amarnath Pradhan, travelling in a Jaguar car, died after the vehicle fell into a roadside canal near Telengapentha of Cuttack district on National Highway 16 early Saturday morning after hitting the road divider. Police suspect the driver lost control over the vehicle, that was registered in the name of one Kishore Kumar Swain.

Cuttack sadar police station inspector SB Jena said the mishap took place at around 3 am today when the Jaguar car was on its way to Bhubaneswar. Apart from Pradhan’s son Ankur, his friends Goutam Dash and Pranit Madhu Pati are the other two deceased. After the accident, the car got locked from inside and fell into the roadside ditch full of water. The three were puled out from the mangled vehicle after breaking the window glass.

Police rushed them to the SCB Medical College and Hospital, where a doctor declared them dead on arrival.

Ankur Pradhan, 30, was recently engaged and the marriage was postponed due to the Covid pandemic. Amarnath Pradhan, a former minister in JB Patnaik cabinet and Congress MP of Sambalpur between 2014 and 2019 had lost his wife Mousumi in a road accident in Angul district 10 years ago.

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