Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, May 14
A man and five children drowned in a pond near Sahnewal village in Ludhiana, district officials said.
Four of the five children were siblings. The children had gone for a swim, but got stuck in a swamp, officials said. The man was a resident of the village who jumped in to rescue them but died officials said.
Rescuers have fished out the bodies of four of the five children. Search continues for the bodies of the fifth child and the villager.
Punjab CM mourns deaths; announces Rs 50,000 each for the families
Expressing deep shock over the tragic incident, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday announced ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 to the families of each of the five children who drowned in a pond in a Ludhiana village, as well as the migrant who also died while trying to save them.
The incident happened in village Mangarh, where the five migrant children, aged between 7 and 10 years, accidentally drowned to death.
The 22-year-old migrant who jumped into the pond in a futile attempt to rescue them also lost his life.
The chief minister extended his heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved migrant families, and directed the district authorities to offer all possible support to them in this hour of grief.
According to Deputy Commissioner Ludhiana Varinder Kumar Sharma, four bodies had so far been recovered and search for the remaining two was in progress.
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