Eight individuals, together with seven women, drowned at two locations in Jharkhand’s Latehar district throughout ‘Karma Puja’ festivities on Saturday. The incidents occurred at Bukru village underneath Sheregada panchayat within the district.
The deceased had gone to a pond for immersion after Karma Puja, a significant pageant in Jharkhand, Deputy Commissioner Abu Imran mentioned.
The Deputy Development Commissioner of the district, Shekhar Verma has been requested to carry an inquiry into the drowning of the seven women aged between 12 and 20 years at Bukru, Imran added.
A bunch of 10 women from the village had gone to the pond with ‘Karam Dali’ for immersion when two of them began drowning and shouted for assist. Villagers rushed to avoid wasting them after listening to their cries, however couldn’t save all of them.
Palamu Range Commissioner Jatashankar Choudhary mentioned the incident occured throughout immersion of the ‘Karam dali’ and the our bodies of the women, who drowned whereas making an attempt to avoid wasting one another, have been despatched to the Latehar district hospital. Three different women are present process therapy.
“Four women died on the spot whereas three others breathed their final on option to Balumath CHC,” officers instructed PTI.
Among useless have been three sisters Rekha Kumar (18), Reena Kumari (16) and Lakshmi Kumari (12), daughters of Aklu Ganjhu.
The others have been recognized as – Sushma Kumari (12) daughter of Charan Ganjhu, Pinky Kumari (18) daughter of Jagan Ganjhu, Sunita Kumari (20) daugher of Fifa Ganjhu, Basanti Kumari (12) daughter of Laldeo Ganjhu, and Suraj (10) son of Yashwant Vishwakarma.
Following the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind expressed their condolences.
“Shocked by the lack of younger lives because of drowning in Latehar district, Jharkhand. In this hour of unhappiness, condolences to the bereaved households,” the PMO tweeted.
“I’m deeply pained to listen to the information of the demise of many ladies in a painful accident throughout Karam Dali immersion in Latehar, Jharkhand. In this hour of grief, I categorical my deepest condolences to the bereaved relations,” President Kovind mentioned in a tweet.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren additionally 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 mentioned in a tweet.
Meanwhile, agitated villagers in Bukru blocked the Balumath-Chatra Road-National Highway 98, alleging that the incident occured because of widening of the pond for excavation.
The blockade might solely be lifted late within the night after a senior official assured them of a compensation of ₹4 lakh every for the households of the seven women.
Karma is a significant pageant in Jharkhand associated to worship of mom nature and is widely known with nice enthusiasm, principally by tribals.
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