Five people from Hoshiarpur district of Punjab drowned while taking a dip in a rivulet in the Dehra area of Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday afternoon.
The deceased had been identified as Jaswinder Singh, 18, Dheeraj Saini, 19, Makhan Singh, 31, Jagdip Singh, 20, and Deepak Saini, 20, all residents of Ahrana Kalan village, 12km from Hoshiarpur. A 14-year-old boy, Arshdeep, was saved from drowning by locals. Deepak had recently returned from Jordan and was engaged last week.
Kangra superintendent of police (SP) Sanjeev Gandhi said that the youth were on pilgrimage to Hindu shrines in Una and Kangra district.
“A group of 12 persons had come to pay obeisance at the Jawalamukhi temple and were returning home. Some of them stopped at Kundli Haar village, 65km from Dharamshala, on Dehra-Jawalamukhi road, and ventured into the swollen Nakhed rivulet, a tributary of Beas, to take a dip.
The SP said they ignored a warning signboard put up by administration cautioning tourists against venturing into the rivulet. “As one of them started drowning, the others tried to save him, but were washed away in the strong current,” said the SP.
The bodies were recovered around 500mertres downstream. The bodies have been handed over to the family after post-mortem conducted at the Dehra government hospital. A case has been registered and investigations are on, the SP said.