Tribune News Service
Panipat, September 15
Six persons, including two girls and a woman, drowned in the Yamuna near Jalmana village of Bapoli block of Panipat district today. Three bodies have been fished out, while search is on for the remaining three.
Sushil of Jalmana village along with his wife Sonia (32), son Sagar (12), daughter Payal (10), two close relatives — Badal (15) of Chandoli village and Saurabh (16) of Karhans village — and 19-year-old Sarita, daughter of Sushil’s neighbour Shyam Singh, had gone to the river to take bath.
Sushil stood on the banks of the river, while the remaining six entered the water. While bathing three reached a deep end and started drowning. To save them, the other three too reached near them and drowned.
Sushil started crying for help when he saw them drowning after which some villagers on the other side of the Yamuna jumped into the river but failed to save them. Besides, scores of villagers gathered at the spot and informed the administration.
The divers fished out the bodies of Sarita, Sonia and Badal after three hours. The search for Sagar, Payal and Saurabh is still on. The bodies have been sent to the General Hospital for post-mortem.
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