In a tragic incident, seven children drowned during Chhath puja on Monday morning.
“Two girls aged between 8 and 9 years, died in Barh sub division of rural Patna near Malahi ghat,” officer in-charge of Barh police station Manoj Kumar Sinha said.
“Two other children were saved by locals at the same venue,” he said.
Three boys aged between 14 and 16 years died near Bharpura ghat in river Bagmati in Khagaria district during course of Chhath rituals this morning.
According to officials, all the three boys were friends. They went deep in the water, while bathing on Arghya of Chhath.
“As one of them started drowning, two other boys with him tried to save him and all the three ultimately died,” Officer in-charge of Chautham police station of Khagaria district Sunil Kumar Sahni said.
“An uncle of one of the victims, who unsuccessfully tried to save them, managed to swim to safety,” he said.
Another mishap took place in Muzaffarpur district. Two children drowned in Kadani river, during holy dip on the occasion of Chhath.
“Two others were saved from drowning by locals,” Office in-charge of Maniyari police station Amit Kumar said.
BY M. DIVYA SRI