Two youths from Punjab who had gone to pay obeisance at Peer Nigahe in Himachal drowned in Gobind Sagar Lake in Una Sunday.
According to sources, six youths had gone to the holy place on their motorbikes Saturday evening. The deceased have been identified as Sukhdev Kumar (24) and Paramjit (23), residents of Badri colony in Jalandhar’s Basti Danishmanda. Both were working in a football manufacturing industry.
After paying their obeisance today, they went to the lake to take a bath. “As soon as they entered the water, they drowned,” said one of the relative of the deceased. The relative said that they visited the Peer Nigahe every year but they never went to the lake. “One of their friends told us over the phone that both were eager to take a bath while the others were at a fair distance from the water,” said another relative.
The parents have been informed by the Himachal Police and they have left to receive their bodies.
It may be recalled that on 14 August, five youths from a village in Hoshiarpur district also drowned in a ‘Khadd’ (a seasonal stream) in Himachal when they jumped in the deep water to save one of their friends who was drowning.
Similarly, seven youths from Doaba died in Himachal this season, including three on June 9 in Shimla’s Nature camp after a tree fell on their tent due to heavy rain and storm. On May 10, four youths from Ranewal village in Nawanshahr got washed away after a cloud burst near Shimla.