BALURGHAT: Three minor girls drowned while taking bath in an abandoned roadside ditch. The incident took place in North Dinajpur’s Islampur on Sunday afternoon.The victims have been identified as Beauty Khatun (9), Tarana Khatun (7) and Nazrana Khatun (8). The three were cousins.Local sources said the three sisters went together to a roadside ditch for a bath, after intimating their parents. They started playing in the water but then drowned. A local boy informed their family members about the incident.Local residents and the worried parents rushed to the spot and rescued them. They were immediately taken to a nearby health centre, where the doctor declared them brought dead.”They had gone to take a bath there. When they didn’t return after two hours, their parents became alert and were about reach the spot in search of them. In the meantime, a local boy informed them about the matter,” said Kadai Sk a local resident.All three came from needy families. The local residents have demanded compensation from the administration inthis regard.