VARANASI: A major tragedy was averted after 34 pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh on board a boat, which capsized in river Ganga in front of Darbhanga ghat, were rescued on Saturday morning.
Sources said the river water entered the boat due to damages in its base, following which it overturned and the pilgrims fell into the river in front of Darbhanga ghat. Prompt action by local boatmen and river police helped save the lives of all the pilgrims.
After enquiring about the condition of two of the rescued pilgrims, who were later admitted to the trauma centre of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), district magistrate S Rajalingam told TOI, “All 34 pilgrims were rescued. Condition of P Adinarayana (61) and P Vijaya (55) had deteriorated due to staying inside the water for a long time. But, their condition has improved following proper treatment.”
Commissioner of Police A Satish Ganesh also interacted with the pilgrims and gave assurance of proper treatment of persons admitted to hospital.
After preliminary investigation, police found that a group of pilgrims from East Godavari of Andhra Pradesh led by one MVS Murthy had arrived in the city. On Saturday morning, they boarded a boat from Kedar Ghat to reach Manikarnika Ghat. When the boat was passing through Darbhanga Ghat, its base got damaged and water started entering the boat. Hearing their screams, local boatmen swung into action while river police also reached the spot and called local divers.
Officials said two of the pilgrims were found being swept away in the river but divers rescued them.They were first rushed to SPG Divisional Hospital. After first aid, doctors referred them to SSL Hospital of BHU.
Apart from officials, Congress provincial president Ajay Rai with other party leaders also visited the hospital to meet the pilgrims there.





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