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7 teens feared dead in Assam boat mishap

A group of teenagers' New Year picnic party took a tragic turn when the boat they had hired capsized in the river Brahmaputra on Friday afternoon, reports HT Correspondent.

india Updated: Jan 01, 2010 21:41 IST
HT Correspondent

A group of teenagers' New Year picnic party took a tragic turn when the boat they had hired capsized in the river Brahmaputra on Friday afternoon. Of the 17 on board, seven are feared dead.

Fifteen students of Bongkhor Higher Secondary School had left for Gondhmou sandbar, a popular picnic spot in the Brahmaputra, early Friday morning. Bongkhor, under Sualkuchi Police Station, is 30 km northwest of Guwahati.

"The mishap occurred when they were returning," said Kamrup district Superintendent of Police Partha Sarathi Mahanta. "The river police rescued 10 including the two boatmen while the search for the seven missing students -- four girls and two girls -- is still on."

The two boatmen were later in the evening rushed to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital in serious condition. The rescued teens -- all higher secondary first year students -- are relatively safe while police fear the missing students could be dead.

5 Assam labourers killed in Meghalaya

Almost simultaneously, a group of labourers returned to their village near Morigaon town after five of their fellow workers were allegedly killed in an ethnic backlash in Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya. Morigaon in central Assam is 70 km east of Guwahati.

"Miscreants killed five labourers on the night of December 29 and threw their bodies into a river," claimed an injured Nurjamal Haque after reaching home. Haque was among at least 20 labourers working in a coalmine in a remote area under Khliehriat sub-division in Meghalaya.

Jaintia Hills police officials, however, confirmed the death of two labourers. "We are trying to find out what actually happened," a senior district police officer said.

Tribal organizations in Meghalaya have off and on targeted labourers from Assam during drives against Bangladeshi migrants.