Unnao: During Ganesh idols ceremony, two children drowned to death while the third was declared dead at the hospital while undergoing treatment in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, police said.
All three had gone to immerse the Lord Ganesha idols in the river Ganga, when the incident happened.
“Two children drowned to death, while a third died during treatment in Unnao. They had gone for the immersion of Lord Ganesh idols today in river Ganga in Kotwali Safipur area when the incident took place,” news agency ANI reported quoting police.
Similar deaths in Mahendragarh and Sonipat
In a similar tragic incident, four boys lost their lives during the Ganesh idol immersions in the Mahendragarh region of Haryana. And, as per reports, another two drowned in the Sonipat region.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar expressed grief over the tragic deaths of youths during the immersion ceremony and prayed for speedy recovery of injured.
“The news of the untimely death of many people due to drowning in the canal during Ganpati immersion in Mahendragarh and Sonipat districts is heart-wrenching. We all stand with the families of the deceased in this difficult time. NDRF team has saved many people from drowning, I pray for their speedy recovery,” Tweeted Manohar Lal Khattar.
महेंद्रगढ़ और सोनीपत जिले में गणपति विसर्जन के दौरान नहर में डूबने से कई लोगों की असामयिक मृत्यु का समाचार हृदयविदारक है।
इस कठिन समय में हम सभी मृतकों के परिजनों के साथ खड़े हैं।
NDRF की टीम ने कई लोगों को डूबने से बचा लिया है, मैं उनके शीघ्र स्वस्थ होने की प्रार्थना करता हूँ।
— Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) September 9, 2022
Over 20 people had gone for the immersion near a canal in the Jhagadoli village, officials said, adding that, another 4 boys have been rescued from the spot, the officials added.
“Around 20-22 people had gone to a canal near village Jhagadoli in Mahendragarh for Ganesh idol immersion. During which many of them drowned in the river. As of now, 4 boys have lost their lives and 4 have been rescued safely,” said Mahendragarh DC JK Abhir.
Significance of Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi, which celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha, came to an end on Friday after 10-day long celebrations. The festival celebration returned this year after a two year Covid-19 induced restrictions.
The festival ends with a lot of celebration known as Ganesh Visarjan. On Anant Chaturdashi the idol of Lord Ganesha is immersed in the nearby water bodies like lakes, ponds and seas. Devotees celebrate the festival taking out processions filled with music, dance and sweets.