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Uttar Pradesh: Six dead after boat capsizes in Saryu river

Lucknow: At least six persons were killed and more than a dozen went missing after a boat capsized in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh, police said on Saturday. The incident took place in the Saryu river at Pipraghat in Ramgaon. The dead include two children.

The victims, residents of nearby Gopalpur and Behta villages, were returning after attending a fair in Ramgaon area when the incident occurred, Bahraich district magistrate, Ajay Deep Singh said. The boat was said to have been in a dilapidated condition, IANS reported.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

An official, who was at the spot to monitor the rescue operation, said the deceased have been identified as Rajesh (25), Brijesh (20), Magan (17), Vijay (16), Tirith (12) and Shakil (12).

While six bodies have been fished out of the water so far, those missing are being searched for by the PAC divers. "There were nine people on the boat, of which three swam to safety, " the district magistrate said.

All the bodies have been fished out and were being sent for post-mortem, Singh said, adding senior officials are present at the spot.

On 14 September, 22 people died after a boat, carrying 60 people, capsized on Yamuna River in Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Oct 07, 2017 12:35 PM

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