14 October 2019
Puri: An unidentified woman suspected to be a 'Habisiali' drowned at Swetaganga, one of the five sacred bathing places at Puri, with the commencement of holy month of Kartik today.
Reportedly, locals found her body floating on the water and informed police about it following which IIC of Town Police Station along with fire services personnel rushed to the spot and fished out the body.
As per last reports, her body has been sent for post-mortem and information have been sent to various police stations to discover if a missing case has been lodged somewhere so that her identity can be ascertained.
Locals have alleged that though hundreds of Habisialis or Kartik Brata observers throng Puri during this month and visit the sacred bathing places to take a dip prior to visiting Lord Jagannath Temple, not a single lifeguard has been deployed at the sights.