Festivity turned into a tragedy when five youth drowned while immersing the idol of Lord Ganesha near Rangpar village of Padadhari taluka in Rajkot late on Wednesday.
Padadhari police said the incident took place at around 5 pm when a group of men from Mavdi area of Rajkot city was immersing Lord Ganesh idol in Hanuman Dhara downstream Rangpar dam in Padadhari taluka, some 30 kilometres away from Rajkot. Residents of Rangpar village tried to rescue them but they could fish out only their bodies, police said.
The five were rushed to Rajkot civil hospital where they were declared brought dead. Police said they all were residents of Vishwanagar locality in Mavdi area of Rajkot. Sagar and Vishal were brothers, police further said.