Ban on, bathing in canal con­tin­ues

9 lives have been lost due to drown­ing in three months

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Tarsem Singh Deogan tarsem. [email protected] hin­dus­tan­times. com LUD­HI­ANA:

Two friends, Anil Ku­mar, 17, and Sunny, 16, res­i­dents of Jawa­har Na­gar area, left home for tak­ing a dip in Sut­lej River on Baisakhi and never came back.

Later, their bod­ies were fished out from the river. It is tale of ap­a­thetic ap­proach of the district ad­min­is­tra­tion and the po­lice that has failed to de­ter peo­ple from tak­ing a dip in Sid­hwan Canal and Sut­lej River.

De­spite a ban im­posed by the district ad­min­is­tra­tion, div­ing and tak­ing a dip in Sid­hwan Canal and Sut­lej River is go­ing unchecked. At least nine peo­ple, mostly teenagers, have lost their lives in the canal and the river in the past three months.

Ac­cord­ing to the data from

The po­lice have im­posed a ban on swimming and div­ing in Sid­wan Canal and Sut­lej River. We have also in­stalled hoard­ings along the banks ISH­WAR SINGH po­lice com­mis­sioner

the civil hos­pi­tal, Lud­hi­ana, drown­ing was stated as the cause be­hind the death of nine per­sons in post­mortem re­ports.

In April, a youth died due to drown­ing. In May, the num­ber of deaths in­creased to three and the death toll due to drown­ing is five in June.

Ear­lier in 2003, the po­lice and the district ad­min­is­tra­tion posed harsh against peo­ple tak­ing a bath in the river, when at least three per­sons were electrocuted as a high-ten­sion wire fell in the river near Du­gri. The po­lice re­mained strict for some­time af­ter the in­ci­dent and de­terred peo­ple to take bath in the river, but later the po­lice did not give im­por­tance to the mat­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice com­mis­sioner Ish­war Singh, tak­ing pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures, the po­lice have im­posed a ban on swimming and div­ing in Sid­wan Canal and Sut­lej River. The po­lice have in­stalled hoard­ings along the bank of the canal and the river list­ing the or­ders is­sued by the po­lice about the ban on swimming and div­ing. The po­lice also con­duct pa­trolling along the banks of the river and the canal to de­ter peo­ple from swimming and div­ing.

HT FILE PHOTO

The po­lice also con­duct pa­trolling along the banks of the river and the canal.

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