Seven girls drown in Jharkhand during Karma Pooja

Latehar: Seven girls between the ages of 12 and 20 drowned in a deep lake in a village during the ‘Karma Pooja’ festival in Jharkhand’s Latehar district on Saturday.

‘Karma’ is a major nature festival in Jharkhand, celebrated mainly by tribals. The accident took place in Bukru village within the limits of Balumath police station when the girls went for immersion after the puja. District Deputy Development Commissioner Shekhar Verma has been asked to inquire into the incident, Deputy Commissioner Abu Imran said. As news of the tragedy spread, the festival turned into a mourning atmosphere. Mourning of mourners was heard from many homes.

According to officials, a group of 10 girls from the village went to the lake for immersion in ‘Karam Dali’ and two of them drowned and started shouting for help. Seven of them drowned in an attempt to save each other. The other three rescued girls are undergoing treatment. Hearing the screams of these girls, the villagers rushed to their rescue.

Four girls died on the spot, while three others succumbed to their injuries while being taken to Balumath Health Center. District administration officials also rushed to the spot. Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and Latehar MP Sunil Singh have expressed grief over the incident. The families of the deceased will be assisted in every possible way, the district collector of Latehar said. Meanwhile, angry villagers protested against the incident on National Highway no. The Balumath-Chatra route on 98 is blocked.

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