Six drown in Haryana during immersion of Ganesh idols

More than 38,000 idols were immersed in Mumbai
Six drown in Haryana during immersion of Ganesh idols

Chandigarh/Mumbai/Bhopal: Six people drowned during the immersion of Idols of Ganesh at two places in Haryana, the police said on Saturday. In the first incident, nine of 20 people were swept away by the currents in a canal at Jhagadoli village of Haryana’s Mahendragarh district when they were immersing the idols, the police said on Saturday.  Four persons died and five were rescued and admitted to hospital. In the second incident, two people lost their lives in the Yamuna river, Sonipat district.

Chief Minister Manoharlal Khattar said that the news of drowning in the canal during the immersion of Ganapati idols in Mahendragarh and Sonipat district was heart-wrenching. People of the state stand by the families of the deceased, he said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, more than 38,000 idols of Lord Ganesh were immersed in various water bodies across Mumbai. With the immersion of the idols, the ten-day Ganesh festival came to an end in the city. The idols were immersed in the Arabian Sea off Girgaon Chowpatty (beach) in South Mumbai, in artificial ponds and some other water bodies.  Girgaon Chowpatty is one of the major spots for immersion of Ganesh idols. There are other places like Lalbaugcha Raja, Ganesh Gully and others. The idols are also drowned at other beaches across the city.

After two years of covid-19 restrictions, Ganesh festival was celebrated in Bhopal. Hundreds of idols were immersed in various water bodies in the city. Hydraulic machines and cranes were installed at the Ghats for immersion of the idols. Nobody was allowed to enter the water bodies. The ghats were totally barricaded. A team of divers of Bhopal Municipal Corporation and State Disaster Management Fund was present at each water body in the city. Meanwhile, an 18-year-old boy who has gone to Khairakhedi river in Nazirabad was drowned.