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Two major accidents took place on Friday during Ganpati immersion in Haryana. About 12 children and teenagers drowned in the canal in Jhagadoli village of Mahendragarh, in which four died. Four people including Kishore drowned at Mimarpur and Bega Ghat of Yamuna in Sonipat. Of these, father-son and nephew drowned at Mimarpur Ghat and another devotee drowned at Bega Ghat. Along with the man and the nephew, the body of the youth has been recovered. Police are searching for the teenager who drowned in Yamuna.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal has expressed grief over the deaths of youths in the accidents. He also wished the rescued people a speedy recovery.
He tweeted, “The death of youths during Ganesh immersion in canals in Mahendragarh and Sonipat is heartbreaking. We are with the families of the deceased in this difficult time. NDRF saved many people from drowning, I wish them a speedy recovery.
Devotees from Mohalla Dhani and Masani Chowk of the city had gone for idol immersion in the canal of Jhagadoli village of Mahendragarh area. The accident happened at 5:30 in the evening. Just ten minutes after receiving the information, the police and fire brigade teams as well as youths from nearby villages started relief and rescue operations.