Ghaziabad: 18-year-old feared drowned in Upper Ganga Canal, NDRF roped in
The police roped in a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to trace Mohammad Shahbaz, who went missing. The police said that a search was carried out till evening but they could not spot Shahbaz.noida Updated: Jun 25, 2017 22:02 IST
An 18-year-old man is feared to have drowned after he went missing inside the deep waters of Upper Ganga Canal near Masuri in Ghaziabad on Sunday afternoon. The man had gone with a group of friends for a swim but went missing.
The police roped in a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to trace Mohammad Shahbaz, who went missing. The police said that a search was carried out till evening but they could not spot Shahbaz.
“After an extensive search by local divers and the police, we roped in the NDRF but could still not find him. The water flow in the canal is heavy. We are trying our best,” Pawan Kumar, circle officer (Masuri), said.
Shahbaz’s family members said that he had gone with some friends and his cousin for a bath but plunged into the deep waters. He had cleared his class 12 examinations and was looking for a job.
“They were playing in the canal and he went towards the deeper side, in the middle of the canal. His friends and cousin searched but could not find him. They later ran home and told us about the incident. The (police and NDRF) teams have launched a search but we are losing hope with every passing minute,” said Usman, Shahbaz’s father.
The canal is thronged by thousands of youngsters and residents every summer. However, such incidents of drowning have become frequent.
On June 20, a young man dived in Hindon canal near Vasundhara in a bid to save a minor girl from getting drowned. However, both were declared dead after local divers and police fished them out.
On June 18, a similar incident took place at the Hindon canal. Two youngsters got drowned when they were trying to save one of their friends from getting drowned.
The Upper Ganga Canal is the primary canal which feeds Ganga water to Noida and Ghaziabad areas. It originates from Haridwar and moves towards other districts of western UP.