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The 10-day long Ganesh festival in Maharashtra came to an end on Friday. After this, 19 people have lost their lives in the immersion process which started from Friday itself. Maharashtra Police officials gave this information on Saturday. He said that 19 people died in different incidents in different parts of the state, while 14 of them died due to drowning during idol immersion. Along with this, four people died in road accidents. At the same time, a woman died due to the falling of a tree in the Ganesh Aarti being held during the immersion. Police officials also said that during this period, law and order situation was also seen at many places. Significantly, the Ganesh festival in the state began on August 31.
14 people died due to drowning
On the occasion of Ganesh idol immersion, three people died at Sawangi in Wardha district and another person died due to drowning in Deoli, a police official said. At the same time, he also told that in Yavatmal district also two persons who went for idol immersion drowned in the pond. In addition, two people drowned in separate incidents at Supa and Belwandi in Ahmednagar district. Two others died in Jalgaon district of northern Maharashtra, he said. He also informed that three people also died due to drowning in rural parts of Pune, which include Dhule, Satara and Solapur cities.
Four killed in road accident
A police officer said that along with drowning on the occasion of Ganesh idol immersion, some people also died in road accidents. He said that a road accident took place during Ganesh Visarjan in Sakardara area of Nagpur city of Maharashtra. Four people died in this incident.
Woman dies after falling tree
At the same time, a tree fell on a Ganesh pandal in Kolbad area amid rain in Thane, Maharashtra. A 55-year-old woman died in this accident. Also, four other people were also injured. A municipal official gave information about this. He said that on Friday night, a huge tree fell on the pandal when aarti was being performed for the immersion of the idol of Lord Ganesha.
11 people injured
Meanwhile, at least 11 people, including a nine-year-old girl, were injured when a procession was electrocuted during immersion at Panvel in Raigad district. An official said that this incident happened after a cable of the power generator broke on Friday evening at Wadghar Koliwada. He said that four children were also among the 11 injured in the incident. After which some people were taken to a private hospital and the rest to a government hospital in Panvel where they are undergoing treatment.
Supporters of Uddhav and Shinde faction fight
Some law and order incidents also came to light in some parts of the state during the immersion of Ganesh idols. A scuffle broke out between supporters of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray at Topkhana in Ahmednagar district, a police official said. In Jalgaon, some people pelted stones at the mayor’s bungalow during a Ganesh Visarjan procession. Apart from this, minor incidents of scuffle between two groups have also been reported in Pune city and rural part of the district as well as Chandrapur.