Month before wedding, 28-year-old man drowns in Ghaggar

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2015 12:05 IST

A 28-year-old man drowned in the Ghaggar river at Shamli village, Morni, on Sunday, a week before his birthday. He was also to tie the knot next month.

The body of the victim, identified as Jatinder Singh, a resident of Damtal in Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, was fished out by residents of the nearby area. The victim was working at a private company in SAS Nagar.

According to information, the victim along with his friends had gone for an outing. They decided to take a bath in the river and stopped near bridge at Shamli.

The police said that the victim was not aware of the depth of the river and could not recover after jumping into it. On seeing Jatinder struggling to stay afloat, his friends shouted for help.

Baldev Singh and Surinder Singh, both local residents, rushed to his rescue, but it was too late. After toiling hard, the rescuers managed to pull out all the body.

Chandimandir station house officer (SHO) inspector Sanjeev Mallik said the victim's family had been informed and the body had been kept at the mortuary of the Sector 6 General Hospital, Panchkula. The body will be handed over the family after post-mortem.


The SHO said Jatinder had recently got engaged and was to get married next month. He said the victim and his friends had gone to Morni to celebrate his engagement. Jatinder was to turn 29 on September 13.

Not the first incident

July 19, 2015: Three Indian air force personnel in their early 20s drowned in the Ghaggar at Shamli Village

July 2013: Six youths were washed away in flashfloods in the Ghaggar at Burj Kotian

August 2012: Four youth drowned in the Tikkar Tal lake

June 2011: 23-year-old youth drowned in the lake

March 2010: A resident of Nada village near Panchkula drowned in the lake while swimming

Section 144 violated

Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) is in force prohibiting taking of bath or entry for collection of coconut, coins and other material floated or for any other purpose in the Ghaggar, Kaushalya, Tangri and other rivers/rivulets, distributaries and water channels located in the entire Panchkula district. Violating the order, people continue risk their lives by venturing into the water bodies.

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