8, including 7 children, drown in Jharkhand district | Latest news India

8, including 7 children, drown in Jharkhand district |  Latest news India

Eight people, including seven girls, drowned at two locations in Jharkhand’s Latehar district on Saturday during the ‘Karma Puja’ festivities, a senior official said. went to a pond to dive after Karma Puja, a major festival in Jharkhand, Deputy Commissioner Abu Imran said.

The district development deputy commissioner Shekhar Verma has been asked to carry out an investigation into the drowning of the seven girls between the ages of 12 and 20 in Bukru, Imran said.

Jharkhand Prime Minister Hemant Soren expressed shock at the incident.

“Shocked to hear about the death of seven girls due to drowning during immersion in ‘Karam Dali’ (branch of the Karam tree) in Sheregada of the Latehar district. May God grant peace to the souls of the deceased and give the bereaved families strength to bear the loss, ”Soren said in a tweet.

Palamu Range Commissioner Jatashankar Choudhary said the incident occurred during the ‘Karam dali’ dive and that the bodies of the girls, who drowned while trying to save each other, were sent to the Latehar District Hospital.

As soon as news of the tragedy spread, the festivities gave way to mourning, and the wailing of anguished family members could be heard in many houses outside of which sullen crowds gathered. According to the officials, a group of 10 girls from the village had gone to the pond with ‘Karam Dali’ for the dive when two of them began to drown and screamed for help. In an effort to save each other, seven of them drowned in the deep pond while three other girls are in treatment. Authorities said that after hearing their desperate cries, villagers ran to rescue them.

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“Four girls died on the spot while three others breathed their last on the way to Balumath CHC,” they said. District officials also rushed to the scene.

Among the dead were three sisters: Rekha Kumar (18), Reena Kumari (16) and Lakshmi Kumari (12), daughters of Aklu Ganjhu; the others were identified as: Sushma Kumari (12) daughter of Charan Ganjhu, Pinky Kumari (18) daughter of Jagan Ganjhu, Sunita Kumari (20) daughter of Fifa Ganjhu, Basanti Kumari (12) daughter of Laldeo Ganjhu and Suraj (10) son of Yashwant Vishwakarma. , alleging that the incident occurred due to the widening of the pond for excavation.

The blockade could only be lifted late at night after a senior official assured them compensation of 4 lakh each for the families of the seven girls.

Karma is an important festival in Jharkhand related to the worship of Mother Nature and is celebrated with great enthusiasm, mainly by tribes.

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