Updated: September 19, 2021 1:59:41 am
Nine people, including seven girls between the ages of 12 and 20, drowned at three different places in Jharkhand’s Latehar district during Karam Puja festivities on Saturday, authorities said.
The seven girls, from five different families, drowned in Bukru village of Balumath area in Latehar.
Deputy Commissioner Abu Imran said, “As per information from villagers, initially two girls were struggling to get out from a pond, after which five other girls attempted to save them. All seven drowned, which appeared to be during the immersion.They were brought to the Sadar hospital and were declared dead. A medical board has been constituted.”
Two more deaths were reported from different areas of Latehar during the festivities, Imran said.
Karma Puja is a major festival in Jharkhand.
The deputy commissioner said that the deputy development commissioner had been asked to hold an inquiry into the drowning of the seven girls.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren expressed shock over the incident. “Shocked to hear about the death of seven girls due to drowning during ‘Karam Dali’ (branch of Karam tree) immersion at Sheregada of Latehar district. May God grant peace to the departed souls and give strength to the bereaved families to bear the loss,” Soren said in a tweet.
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