Five revellers drowned in the Yamuna during Holi celebrations on Monday. They were Dheeraj, Gopesh, Govind, Suresh and Praveen, all in their mid-twenties. Police suspect they were drunk at the time and had gone to the river to take a bath.
Police said the five men were residents of Karawal Nagar and other parts of Northeast Delhi. They drowned around 4.30 pm. Eyewitnesses told police Praveen had dived into the waters in an area in Sonia Vihar where the river is deep and there are strong currents. The other four drowned while trying to rescue Praveen, police said.
Police said the bodies were fished out by fire officials and local police personnel.
Dheeraj was an MA student at a private university. Gopesh, an MBA, was the owner of a cyber cafe. Praveen owned a shop in Chandni Chowk. Govind and Suresh, both were BA students.
Four accidents with fatalities were reported from across the city on Monday. Five persons were killed in the accidents. According to police, a total of 491 people were arrested for drink-driving, and 881 vehicles impounded. In all, 1,447 people were booked for drink-driving, while the total number of prosecutions on Holi stood at 13,015.
Police said about 200 traffic police teams were stationed at different locations in the city to check drink-driving, overspeeding, reckless driving and other offences. Police said 1,544 people were prosecuted for jumping red signals, 385 for wrong/improper parking, 139 for dangerous driving, 249 for overspeeding, 1,464 for triple-riding, 5,633 for riding without helmets, 780 for not using seat-belts, 210 for one-way violations and 25 for not having valid driving licences.