At least 11 people lost their lives when a boat capsized in Bhopal's Lower lake during idol immersion of Lord Ganesh in the wee hours on Friday.
At least 11 people lost their lives when two boats capsized in Bhopal’s Lower lake during idol immersion of Lord Ganesh in the wee hours on Friday. As soon as people learned about the tragedy, they informed that local administration. A rescue operation was launched immediately to save them. Eleven people died in the incident while six were rescued, Bhopal Collector Tarun Kumar Pithode said, adding that teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were also pressed into service.
According to television reports, the incident took place at 4:30 AM at Khatlapura ghat in the Lower Lake. A total of 17 people were going on two separate boats for the immersion of the Ganesh idol at Khatlapura ghat when the incident occurred.
Initially, the first boat tilted and when the people on the other one saw it, they tried to save it, but to no avail. In the process, the other boat also tilted sideways and both capsized.
State Law minister PC Sharma reached the site as soon as he was informed about the tragedy. He informed that all deceased and rescued people were members of a Ganesh Puja Samiti and they were going to immerse an idol.
“The giant idol was placed on a small boat. The boat overturned at the time of immersion. The incident is really unfortunate. Investigation will be done,” he said.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has directed officials for a magisterial inquiry into the incident and promised stern action against those found responsible for the incident.
Initially, Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia was announced for the next of kin of the deceased, but the Chief Minister increased the amount to Rs 11 lakh. “We have decided to increase the compensation for families of deceased to Rs 11 lakh. Orders for magisterial inquiry have been given,” he said.