Two women from Bihar's Nawadah district drowned in Bokaro steel plant's cooling pond in Sector IX of the city in the small hours of Wednesday.
Geeta Devi (27) and Phula Devi (21) had come to Bokaro on Sunday to attend a religious ceremony at their relative Basudev Yadav's place. They were scheduled to return home on Wednesday.
According to sources, both Geeta and Phula stepped out of Basudev's residence around 6am on Wednesday to relieve themselves. Before returning back the women supposedly decided to go to the pond and wash their feet. "But neither of them had any idea about the depth of the pond," a source said.
As Phula put her foot inside the water she suddenly lost her balance and slipped. Her screams for help alerted Geeta who immediately rushed to the spot and tried to pull Phula out. However, she too slipped and drowned in the water.
Some local residents later informed the police and reached the spot to commence rescue operations. They fished out the bodies after a 30-minute search.
The police later registered a case of unnatural death and sent the bodies for post-mortem
According to family members, the husbands of both the deceased were into dairy business and had not been able to make their way to Bokaro due to some prior engagements.
"They had come to attend the mundan ceremony of my three-year-old son. What will I tell their husbands now," Basudev sobbed.