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Ghaziabad: Man dies trying to save girl drowning in Hindon canal

The 18-year-old jumped into the Hindon river canal near Vaishali after a 10-year-old fell in

noida Updated: Jun 20, 2017 23:48 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times/Ghaziabad
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The bodies of the two victims were fished out with the help of police and local divers.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

An 18-year-old man drowned after he jumped into the Hindon canal near Vaishali to save a drowning 10-year-old on Monday afternoon. The police said that they fished out both the victims, who were declared dead by evening.

This is the second incident of drowning in the canal in two days. On June 18, two teenagers had drowned in the same canal, near Vasundhara. The incident on Tuesday took place near Vaishali’s Sector 4.

The girl was identified as Amreen, who had come from Seemapuri in Delhi along with her mother.

“Around 2pm, Amreen was taking a bath on the banks of the canal when she fell into the deep waters. Hearing her cries, a passerby, Suraj, from nearby Makanpur, stopped to save her. He too jumped into the canal to save the girl, but both drowned in the deep waters,” said a police spokesperson.

“With the help of police and local divers, both the victims were fished out, but they were declared brought dead at a hospital,” the spokesperson added.

After the incident, locals tried to block the road and raised slogans against the police for alleged delay in reaching the spot. They were later pacified and the road was opened up.

During the incident, one of Suraj’s neighbours, Abhishek, had stopped on seeing the crowd gathered at the spot. He identified Suraj from his clothes and informed his family members.

The canal, which flows through Vasundhara and Vaishali, has been getting heavy water discharge from the Hindon barrage. On June 18 too, two teenagers, Shivam, 17, and Gunjan, 16, drowned near Vasundhara when they were trying to save their friend in the canal. Four of the friends had arrived from Daulatpura near GT Road in Ghaziabad to take a bath in the canal.

First Published: Jun 20, 2017 23:48 IST