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5 drowning incidents, 20 mobile thefts reported during Ganesh immersion in Pune

Two siblings drowned in the Gaidara lake of Vadki in one incident, while two boys from Wakad and an 18-year-old drowned in two other separate incidents on Tuesday.

pune Updated: Sep 06, 2017 23:23 IST
Despite several measures taken to protect people during the Ganpati immersion, five people have died.
Despite several measures taken to protect people during the Ganpati immersion, five people have died.(HT Photo)

Five people died in three separate incidents in Pune during the immersion of Ganpati idols on Tuesday.

Two siblings drowned in the Gaidara lake of Wadki in one incident, while two boys from Wakad and an 18-year-old also drowned in two other separate incidents on Tuesday. While the main immersion procession passing through city areas was largely peaceful, there were around 20 complaints of mobile theft at Vishrambaug and Faraaskhana police station. The police officials said there were a least three incidents of jewellery getting stolen from the procession.

“The police arrested one person for mobile theft. Other cases are being probed,” Iqbal Shaikh, constable from Faraaskhana police station said.

According to fire brigade officials, two school-going teens, Sonaji Dhanaji Shelke (15) and Pawan Sudamrao Varkhad (17), of Balewadi, drowned in the Mula river. These two were in the river for the Ganpati immersion. Fire brigade officials, along with life guards, conducted the search and at around 9 pm, Pawan's body was recovered.

“We carried out seven hours of rescue operation. At the end of it we recovered two bodiesfrom Mula river,” said Uday Wankhede, Fire Brigade Official.

In a second incident, two siblings drowned in the Gaidara lake of Wadki. This incident took place around 9:30 pm during the immersion.The deceased were identified as Omkar Satish Jagtap (13) and Rohit Satish Jagtap (9) both residents of Wadki.

According to information provided by residents,the Jagtap brothers went towards the lake for the Ganesh immersion with friends. Five youth then fell into the water. Three were rescued immediately by locals, but Rohit and Omkar were not found. Once again, fire brigade staff rushed to the spot and searched for the bodies. A case has been registered with the Loni Kalbhor police station.

In the third incident at Markal in Khed taluka, an 18-year-old youth, Akash Sunil Verpe (18), drowned in the Indrayani river during the immersion.This incident happened around 1.30 pm on Tuesday.