Festivities end, idols immersed in Yamuna

Meanwhile, two people were injured at Ramlila grounds in Noida on Friday.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 5, 2014 2:08 am
No traffic snarls were reported in the city on Saturday. (Source: Express photo by Praveen Khanna) No traffic snarls were reported in the city on Saturday. (Source: Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

Police said a low water level in the Yamuna river and massive police deployment at the ghats ensured that the immersion of Durga idols on Saturday went ahead with no untoward incident.

The government had erected barricades at a distance of three meters within the river and did not allow devotees to go beyond this point.

“The immersion was carried out with no untoward incident being reported. A low water level ensured that there was little chance of anyone drowning,” a senior police officer said. Rescue boats with lifeguards and  volunteers were also present near the ghats, the officer said.

Traffic Police said as Saturday was a holiday there was not much traffic. “We had deployed teams across all zones for traffic management. There were no jams as there were not many vehicles on the roads,” Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander said.

Police said no incidents of fire were reported during Dussehra celebrations this year. However, a 30-year-old man, who was playing the role of Ravana, suffered 10 per cent burns on his hand while performing a fire trick in Subhash Maidan near Red Fort on Thursday.
Police said the man, who was identified as Rakesh, was released after treatment at LN hospital.

Meanwhile, two people were injured at Ramlila grounds in Noida on Friday.

“After the effigies were burned, some people tried to gather the ash as they consider it holy. Despite police personnel being deployed, a few people got through the barricades. A man was injured when a firecracker exploded near him. Another woman was injured when a wooden frame collapsed. Both are, however, out of danger,” Pritender Singh, SSP, Gautam Budh Nagar, said.

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