22 Drown As Boat Capsizes In UP, Yogi Adityanath Announces Rs. 2 Lakh Relief

Date:2017-09-14 16:05:52

Published By:Jayesh

BAGHPAT, UP:  At least 22 people drowned and many others were missing after an overloaded boat capsized in the Yamuna River here today.The boat was carrying 60 people, District Magistrate Bhawani Singh said.

The boat sank close to Katha village, 20 km from the district headquarters.Police and PAC personnel have fished out 22 bodies so far while 10 others have been rescued, he said. A search was on to trace others.

"The boat was ferrying passengers more than its capacity. Most of the passengers of the ill-fated boat were women. As soon as the boat reached mid-stream it capsized," the District Magistrate said.

"The incident happened early morning. It was a privately hired boat and was carrying some 50-55 people," said Additional Magistrate of Baghpat district, Dharam Pal Singh.

Angry that an overcrowded boat was allowed to ply, residents protested on the streets in Baghpat, accusing the administration of not providing help to the victims quickly enough. Protesters blocked a highway and set a few vehicles on fire, said witnesses.

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