FOUR persons drowned in separate incidents in Pune district during the annual Ganesh idol immersions on Thursday and Friday. The bodies of three of them have been found while the search for the fourth was on till late on Friday.
In Khadki Cantonment area, a 20-year-old youth, a conservancy staff member at the house of a military officer in Khadki, drowned when he had come to a Ghat on Mula river near Ammunition Factory on Thursday evening to see the visarajan procession. Fire Brigade officials have identified the deceased as Swapnil Mandare, who according to eyewitnesses, fell into the river after he slipped around 6.30 pm.
A team from fire brigade launched a search operation immediately.
His body was taken out of water in the morning on Friday around 10.30 am.
In another incident near Dhayari Bridge, a 22-year-old youth who had entered the waters to immerse the idol drowned around 6 pm. According to the local police, the youth has been identified as Pavan Vasant Gaikwad. Fire brigade team launched a search in the evening but it had to be suspended due to darkness. The search operation resumed on Friday but the last reports came in, his body was yet to be found.
In Chakan, a 28-year-old man working with a private company in the same area and who had come to a Ghat in Chakan for Ganesh Visarjan with his brother drowned while immersing the idol.
Local police have identified the deceased as Jitendra Dhangar, a resident of Phulenagar in Chakan. Police said both Jitendra and his brother started drowning when they entered the water to immerse the idol around 3.30 pm on Thursday. His brother was rescued by some villagers, but Jitendra drowned. His body was found around 10.30 am on Friday.
In the fourth incident early Friday, a 52-year-old man who was pulling out of water a raft used for immersing an idol drowned while trying to rescue the person accompanying him. The incident took place around 1.30 am at Pimple Saudagar. Fire brigade personnel have identified the deceased as Shankar Lokhande (52).
A station officer at PCMC fire brigade said Lokhande’s body was found in the water around 3 pm on Friday.