WB: Four pilgrims die, 147 ill in Gangasagar
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 14, 2012, 21:17
Sagar Island (WB): Four pilgrims died of heart attack and 147 others were taken ill as over two lakh devotees took a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganga and Bay of Bengal on the eve of Makar Sankranti on Saturday.

While Chuni Lal (44) of Delhi, Vindeswari Devi (75) and Om Prakash Yadav (66) of Bihar collapsed on their way at Diamond Harbour and Kakdwip, Jashram (80) of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh died soon after his bath here this morning, official sources said.

Altogether 147 faithfuls were admitted to a make-shift hospital at the Mela ground after they complained of stomach pain and vomiting following their lunch. Most of the patients were released late in the night.

More than two lakh devotees took a dip during the day taking the total number to four lakh since January 9, the sources said.

Among the devotees were BJP leaders Jaswant Singh and Uma Bharati besides Supreme Court Judge Justice C K Prasad.

Elaborate security arrangements were made with installation of ten watch towers, deployment of 6,500 policemen along with coast guards, BSF and Navy. About 7,000 volunteers of different NGOs and civil defence personnel were also at work.

The security force in the sea were equipped with hovercraft and small aircraft.

Four state and one central ministers of the Trinamool Congress were camping at the site to monitor the arrangement.


First Published: Saturday, January 14, 2012, 21:17

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