19 DEAD AS BOAT CAP­SIZES IN UP’S BAGH­PAT

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - News - S Raju let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

At least 19 peo­ple drowned when a boat car­ry­ing them cap­sized in the Ya­muna in UP’s Bagh­pat on Thurs­day morn­ing. En­raged over the late ar­rival | of district of­fi­cials, vil­lagers jammed the Delhi-Sa­ha­ran­pur highway by plac­ing the bod­ies on the road, and pelted stones at po­lice when they tried to take the bod­ies for post­mortem.

MEERUT: At least 19 peo­ple drowned in Ya­muna river as their boat cap­sized while reach­ing Haryana from Bagh­pat in Ut­tar Pradesh on Thurs­day morn­ing. The death toll is ex­pected to rise.

At least 50 peo­ple were on the boat when it over­turned. Around 10 peo­ple swam to safety, while about 31 pas­sen­gers are miss­ing. District ad­min­is­tra­tion and vil­lagers car­ried out res­cue op­er­a­tions.

Ut­tar Pradesh chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath ex­pressed grief over the in­ci­dent and an­nounced ₹2 lakh re­lief for vic­tims’ kin. He said a probe has been or­dered into the in­ci­dent.

Union min­is­ter and MP from Bagh­pat Dr Satya­pal Singh reached the ac­ci­dent spot and ex­pressed grief over the deaths.

An­gry lo­cals brought traf­fic on Delhi-Sa­ha­ran­pur highway to a stand­still.

They put the bod­ies on the road, pelted stones at the po­lice and torched a few ve­hi­cles.

At least six per­sons in­clud­ing Bag­pat Kot­wali in­spec­tor, a woman cop and an or­derly of SDM were in­jured in the stone pelt­ing.

Ad­di­tional forces were de­ployed in the area to dis­perse the vi­o­lent mob.

ADG Ku­mar said that the sit­u­a­tion was un­der con­trol.

The boat had a ca­pac­ity for only 35 pas­sen­gers, said district mag­is­trate Bhawani Singh.

“The boat was fer­ry­ing pas­sen­gers more than its ca­pac­ity. Most of the pas­sen­gers of the ill­fated boat were women. As soon as the boat reached mid-stream it cap­sized,” the district mag­is­trate said.

ADG of Meerut zone Prashant Ku­mar said that 11 of the in­jured were un­der treat­ment in dif­fer­ent hos­pi­tals.

He said that a mag­is­te­rial en­quiry will be con­ducted.

Vil­lagers from Kan­tha in Bagh­pat take the boat ev­ery day to work.

PTI

Peo­ple mourn near the bod­ies re­cov­ered from the Ya­muna in Ut­tar Pradesh on Thurs­day.

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