2 youths trying to escape from cops drown in river

Fearing arrest, two lorry drivers who were transporting sand illegally, jumped into the River Krishna during a police raid and drowned at Madipadu Village in the district today. Police said they raided the illegal sand quarry from where sand laden lorries were being ferried to the other side of the River Krishna.

On seeing the police, the two lorry drivers jumped from the ferry into the river and drowned. The deceased were identified as M Narasimha Rao (22) and B Krishna (20). The bodies were fished out, police said and added nine lorries were impounded in this connection.