Holi revelry has claimed a youth when he went to have a bath in the Godavari waters on the outskirts of the industrial coal belt of Godavarikhani town on Thursday.

Reports reaching here said that V. Shekhar (23), a resident of Chandrababu Naidu Colony in the coal belt area, along with his two other friends, went to the river to have a bath after the Holi celebrations. Shekhar, along with his friends, entered the river waters near the intake well and drowned in the swirling waters.

His two other friends tried to rescue him, but were trapped inside the swirling waters. At this juncture, the locals rescued the duo. Shekhar's body was retrieved and sent for post-mortem to the Singareni area hospital

Adilabad Staff Reporter writes: Sandesh Vittal, a 42-year-old private employee from Chota Talab locality in Adilabad, who drowned in Satnala river near Landasangi village, died at RIMS. He went to the river for a swim along with his friends after celebrating Holi. He drowned as he could not swim. His friends brought him to the hospital where he died.