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19 dead as boat capsizes in Yamuna river, villagers pelt stones at police

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the families of the victims.

india Updated: Sep 14, 2017 14:44 IST
S Raju
S Raju
Hindustan Times, Meerut
Uttar Pradesh,Lucknow,Baghpat
At least 50 people were on the boat when it overturned.(Hindustan Times)

At least 19 people drowned in Yamuna river as their boat capsized while reaching Haryana from Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday morning. The death toll is expected to rise.

At least 50 people were on the boat when it overturned. Around 10 people swam to safety while about 31 passengers are missing. District administration and villagers carried out rescue operations.

The boat had a capacity for only 35 passengers, said district magistrate Bhawani Singh.

“The boat was ferrying passengers more than its capacity. Most of the passengers of the ill-fated boat were women. As soon as the boat reached mid-stream it capsized,” the district magistrate said.

ADG of Meerut zone Prashant Kumar said that 11 of the injured were under treatment in different hospitals.

He said that a magisterial enquiry will be conducted.

Villagers from Kantha in Baghpat take the boat every day to work.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the incident and announced Rs 2 lakh relief for victims’ kin. He said a probe has been ordered into the incident.

Union minister and MP from Baghpat Dr Satyapal Singh reached the accident spot and expressed grief over the deaths.

Angry villagers and family members of the victims jammed traffic on Delhi-Saharanpur highway after placing the dead bodies on road. They pelted stones at the police and torched a few vehicles.

Angry villagers pelted stones at the police and torched a few vehicles. (Hindustan Times)

At least six persons including Bagpat Kotwali inspector, a woman cop and an orderly of SDM were injured in the stone pelting. Additional forces were deployed in the area to disperse the violent mob. ADG Kumar said that the situation was under control.

(With agency inputs )

First Published: Sep 14, 2017 10:24 IST