Delhi: 4 drowned during idol immersion
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 06, 2011, 21:37
New Delhi: Durga Puja celebrations turned tragic for four families in the capital on Thursday as four youths drowned in Yamuna river during immersion of idols of the Goddess, police said.

The incident was reported from near Wazirabad crematorium in north Delhi at around 3.45 pm when the four youths, including a group of three teenaged friends, were immersing the idols in the Yamuna.

Himmat (18), Puran (19), Jishan (19), all residing in Dwarka, and Deepak were drowned. The bodies of three friends were recovered later but Deepak is yet to be located.

Rescue workers were on the job till late in the evening but Deepak is yet to be rescued, a senior police official said, adding fire brigade officials and divers were searching for Deepak.

Meanwhile, the Bengali community and others in the capital celebrated the culmination of Durga Puja in grand style as they bid farewell to the Goddess on the final day of festivities, immersing idols in rivers across the city.

Chanting 'Bolo Bolo Durga Mai Ki, Jai', people took the giant idols of Goddess Durga from puja venues to the banks of Yamuna and immersed it after offering prayers.

Special rituals were performed in front of the idols of the Goddess and her four children before they were taken to the banks of Yamuna for immersion.

Various puja venues across the city, including the famous ones in Chittaranjan Park and Karol Bagh, saw large number of people queueing up to seek the blessings of the mother goddess this morning.

Adequate number of policemen were deployed across the city to streamline the rush of devotees who were headed towards riverbanks to immerse the idols. A large number of policemen were spotted at river banks also.

The ceremony of immersion of idols led to traffic snarls in many areas.


First Published: Thursday, October 06, 2011, 21:37

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