Seven drown in two separate incidents in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: At least seven persons, including three teenagers, drowned in Narmada and Sabarmati rivers in two separate incidents in Gujarat today.

With this, the total number of people, who drowned has now gone up to 15 in the last two days.

In the first incident, bodies of four persons, including a youngster and three teenage boys, who had gone to take a dip in Narmada river last evening, were found early this morning, said police.

The victims were identified as Sachin Bariya (24), Sanjay Bariya 0(18), Rahul Jayswal (16) and Rahul Machhi (18), all residents of Gayatrinagar area of Vadodara city.

According to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) of Rajpipla town in Narmada district Manoharsinh Jadeja, these four friends came to take a dip in the river yesterday evening after playing Holi.

“However, they went missing in the deep water since last night. Their bodies were found near Murlidhar Sangam early today morning,” Jadeja said adding that the bodies were handed over to their families in Vadodara after a case of accidental death was registered.

In a similar incident, three youngsters of Kubernagar area of the city drowned in Sabarmati river passing from Karai village on the city outskirts this afternoon.

They were identified as Dhashrath (21), Natwar (20) and Vikram (21).

According to city fire control room, a total of five persons had entered the river to take bath during afternoon.

“When they started drowning, two of them were pulled out of water by the locals, while three others could not be saved. Our team fished out their bodies and informed the police for further action,” a control room official said.

Yesterday, eight persons, including four teenage boys, had drowned at various places while taking bath in canals or ponds after playing Holi, also called Dhuleti, in the state.