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Five teens, four of them girls, drown in Yamuna

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yamuna_search-for-drowned-girls.jpgMathura, 2017.08.28 (TOI) : Agra: In two tragic incidents, five teenagers were drowned in Yamuna river on Saturday morning in Agra and Mathura, after a sudden surge of water dragged them away.

The first incident occurred near Kailash Ghat under Sikandra police jurisdiction at around 8am, when four girls were taking a bath in the swollen river. Identified as Babita, Monica, Lalita and Poonam (all in age group of 12 to 15) the girls were from Jugsana village nearby.

Station officer of Sikandra, Rajesh Kumar Pandey said, “The girls had come for a bath, when they were dragged inside the river by a surge in the water current. None of the bodies have been found so far, although divers are searching for them.”

In another incident, three boys were dragged under by the current in the river at Mathura’s Baldeo area near Nagla Sarai village, when they had gone to take a dip. While local residents managed to rescue two of them, the third, identified as Satyender Kumar, 18, was swept away.

After the incident, the teenager’s family and local residents blocked the Yamuna Expressway for nearly an hour, demanding that the body be found. Divers were still searching the area at the time of filing of this report.
According to the police, the current in the river is very fast and it was becoming difficult for divers to continue the search.

 

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