Three people, including a mother and her son, drowned after falling into a manhole of a poultry hatchery in Mymensingh's Bhaluka upazila yesterday.
The victims were identified as Rani Bagchi (25), her three-and-a-half-year-old son Rohit Bagchi and hatchery labourer Md Ridoy Mia (25), reports our Mymensingh correspondent.
Rani's husband Sajal Bagchi is an engineer of the hatchery and they lived in one of the quarters on the hatchery compound, said Md Mahmudul Islam, officer-in-charge of Bhaluka Police nStation.
Quoting locals, OC Mahmudul Islam said the child was playing on the compound and suddenly fell into a nearby manhole of the hatchery at Bahuli village around 6:00pm.
Rani rushed to the spot and jumped into the manhole to rescue the boy but she also drowned.
Hearing the screams, hatchery worker Rhidoy also jumped into the manhole and drowned, he said.
On information, police and members of Fire Service and Civil Defense from Bhaluka recovered the bodies and sent them to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy, said the OC.
Mahmudul Islam also said the cover of the manhole was in dilapidated state and it broke down when the boy ran over it, the police official.
No case was filed yet in this connection, our Mymensingh correspondent reports quoting the OC.