The tragedy occurred when the girls went to a pond for immersion after Karma Puja, a major festival in the eastern Indian state
In a tragic turn of events, seven girls aged between 12 and 20 years drowned in a pond at a village in the Indian state of Jharkhand on Saturday during the ‘Karma Puja’ festivities, a senior government official said.
Those dead included three sisters – Rekha Kumar (18), Reena Kumari (16) and Lakshmi Kumari (12), reports the PTI.
The others are Sushma Kumari (12), Piknky Kumari (18), Sunita Kumari (20) and Basanti Kumari (12). All seven were students in local schools and colleges.
Karma is a major festival in Jharkhand related to worship of mother nature and is celebrated with great enthusiasm, mostly by tribals.
The tragedy occurred when the girls had gone to the pond at Bukru village in Latehar district for immersion after Karma Puja, a major festival in the eastern Indian state, said Deputy Commissioner Abu Imran.
An probe has been ordered while Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren expressed shock over the incident.
Palamu Range Commissioner Jatashankar Choudhary said the incident occurred during immersion of the ‘Karam dali’ and the bodies of the girls, who drowned while trying to save each other, were sent to the Latehar district hospital.
As soon as the news about the tragedy spread, the festivities gave way to mourning, and wails of distraught family members could be heard at many homes outside which sullen crowds collected.
According to officials, a group of 10 girls from the village had gone to the pond with ‘Karam Dali’ for immersion when two of them started drowning and shouted for help. In an effort to save each other, seven of them drowned in the deep pond while three other girls are undergoing treatment.
Officials said after hearing their desperate cries, villagers rushed to their rescue.
“Four girls died on the spot while three others breathed their last on way to Balumath CHC,” they said. District officials also rushed to the scene.