19 dead as boat capsizes, cops attacked for slow response
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 to a standstill on on Delhi-Saharanpur highway.
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Residents block traffic on the DelhiSaharanpur highway at Katha village with the bodies of the boatcapsize victims