Eleven people drowned when two boats carrying them capsized during Ganesh idol immersion in Lower Lake of Bhopal, a senior police official said on Friday.
The incident took place on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday in Khatlapura on the banks of the Lower Lake, Deputy Inspector General of Police Irshad Wali said.
Eleven people died in the incident while six were rescued, Bhopal Collector Tarun Kumar Pithode said. A magisterial probe has been ordered into the incident, Pithode said.
A total of 17 people were going on two separate boats for
the immersion of the Ganesh idol at Khatlapura ghat when the incident took
place at around 4.30 am, the Collector
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, an official said.
Teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), local police, and the citizens swung into action and rescued six persons, the official said.
An ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh, including an immediate relief of Rs 50,000, was announced by the collector for the kin of the deceased.