Highlights

  • 7 girls drowned in a Jharkhand village during 'Karma Puja'
  • Tragedy occurred when girls went to the pond for immersion 
  • Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren expressed shock over drowning incident

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7 girls drowned during Jharkhand festival. According to Deputy Commissioner, the tragedy occurred when the girls had gone to the pond for immersion after Karma Puja

Festivities turned into mourning as seven girls aged between 12 and 20 years drowned in a pond at a village in Jharkhand's Latehar district on Saturday during 'Karma Puja'.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his condolences to the bereaved families of those who died in the drowning incident.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren expressed shock over the incident and tweeted to condole the deaths. 

According to Deputy Commissioner Abu Imran, the tragedy occurred when the girls had gone to the pond for immersion after Karma Puja, a major festival in Jharkhand.

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A group of 10 girls had gone to the pond for immersion when two of them started drowning and shouted for help. In an effort to save each other, seven of them drowned in the deep pond while three other girls are undergoing treatment.

Four girls died on the spot while three others breathed their last on way to a medical centre.

The Deputy Development Commissioner of the district, Shekhar Verma has been asked to hold an inquiry.

 

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