Three people drowned in the Yamuna during the immersion of Ganesh idols, in two separate incidents, at Outer Delhi Thursday. Both incidents took place at sites where idol immersions are not allowed, said police. “Three persons have died in the outer district and we are yet to recover the bodies of two of the victims,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer Delhi) Vikramjit Singh.
The first incident took place at the Bawana Canal, in the Shahbad Dairy area, at 2.40 pm. The two victims, identified as 22-year-old Jitendra and 20-year-old Sandeep, died while they were trying to immerse a Ganesh idol, said police.
The second incident took place at 4.20 pm, near Palla in Outer Delhi’s Alipur. The victim was identified as 18-year-old Ankit.
Ankit and his friends, residents of Narela, had gone to participate in the immersion of Ganesh idol, said police. The group of friends was swimming in the river when they started drowning in the strong current.
While three of the boys were saved by the rescuers, Ankit could not be rescued in time.Later, his body was fished out by the divers. His body was sent for post mortem, said a police officer.
According to an official, there are only seven authorised areas for idol immersions in Delhi and the two sites were not among them. Idol immersions are not allowed at the sites where the drownings took place, said officials. “We have not been able to retrieve the bodies of Jitendra and Sandeep as the area where the incident took place is very large. The rescue operations will continue till Friday morning. In the second incident, we recovered the body at 5.10 pm,” said the official.