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Four children drown during Chhath Puja in Giridih

The deceased have been identified as Munna Singh (11), Suhana Kumari (8), Sonakshi Kumari (7), and Diksha Kumari (6)
A crowd assembles in front of the house of one of the deceased children at Giridih on Tuesday.

Animesh Bisoee   |   Jamshedpur   |   Published 10.11.21, 03:02 AM

Barely two months after seven girls had drowned in a pond while performing rituals of Karma festival in Latehar, four children aged between 6 and 11 drowned in a river in Giridih while their mothers were performing Chhath Puja rituals on Tuesday.

Anil Kumar Singh, a sub-divisional police officer in Giridih, said the four children from two families were playing while their mothers had gone to the Usri river to perform Chhath Puja rituals.

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“The incident took place at Mangrodih village under Mufassil police station in Giridih district — around 185km from Ranchi — around 10.30am when the children, along with their mothers, had gone to a nearby river for taking bath and bringing water for making ‘prasad’ of Chhath Puja,” said Singh.

The children went to the river to bathe and waded into the shallow portion of the river.

“Their mothers returned home with river water to perform Chhath rituals. However, when they did not find the children they started a search and with the help of local divers from the village recovered the bodies of the children,” said a villager.

The deceased have been identified as Munna Singh (11),  Suhana Kumari (8), Sonakshi Kumari (7), and Diksha Kumari (6).

All four were rushed to Giridih Sadar Hospital where doctors declared them dead, police said.

Singh said that the parents refused to conduct a post-mortem of their children and the bodies were handed over to the relatives for last rites.

“We cannot provide compensation to the affected families as they have not allowed for post-mortem on the bodies. For any claims of compensation, we would require post-mortem of the bodies. The relatives did not claim any compensation either,” said Singh.



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