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One drowned, 17 missing in Bihar boat mishap

September 11, 2008 11:20 IST
Last Updated: September 11, 2008 13:58 IST

     Sheikhpura, Sep 11 (PTI)

One person was drowned and 17 others, mostly women and children, on board a boat were missing after it capsized in Harohar River near Bavgha village of Bihar's Sheikhpura district on Thursday, official sources said.

District Magistrate Anjani Kumar Verma, who was camping at the incident site, told PTI that local divers fished out a body and efforts were on to trace 17 others, who had gone missing after the boat got caught in a whirpool and capsized.

The body recovered by the divers was yet to be identified, he said.

The DM claimed that six people on board the ill-fated boat swam to safety while 17 others were still missing. The district administration has requisitioned the services of
local divers and large fishing nets were being used to fish out the missing people.

Verma said the mishap occurred when the people, all residents of Panapur village, were going to immerse the idols of Lord Shiva [Images] and Goddess Parvati after Karma Puja.

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