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New Year celebrations marred by six deaths

From beach resorts to swanky hotels, millions welcome 2008 across the country despite accidents in two states at midnight.

india Updated: Jan 01, 2008 18:14 IST

From icon landmarks to beach resorts and swanky hotels, millions across the country on Tuesday usher into the New Year amid boisterous revelries but the celebrations were marred by accidents in which six people were killed in two states.

Armed with New Year's 'resolutions' to turn a new leaf or to embark on new pursuits, revellers surged into the streets under the watchful eyes of the police as car drivers hooted their horns and passengers yelled from car windows at the stroke of midnight to ring in 2008.

The tourist paradise in Goa was expectedly the hot spot as an estimated one lakh tourists made merry amid intense partying while several flocked to the sandy beaches under the night sky. The four-km stretch from Goa's Calangute beach towards the capital Panaji saw traffic thrown out of gear for several hours.

In the Capital, the denizens let their hair down with Connaught Place and India Gate at the centre of fun and frolic unmindful of freezing night temperatures.

Police armed with alcometers kept a watch on tipplers in the metropolises as they held random checks and booked drunken drivers. At least 85 were arrested in Delhi.

In Rajasthan, five revellers were killed and three injured when their jeep collided head on with a truck in Chittorgarh district. Police said the accident happened when they were returning from a party near a resort.

The dawn of the New Year proved fatal for a software professional after a wooden stage erected above a swimming pool at a Chennai hotel collapsed on Monday night during the New Year celebrations.

Summit Agnihotri (24) succumbed to his injuries at the General Hospital in the early hours on Tuesday, police said, while the condition of two others, who were among the 30 injured, was stated to be critical.