Nine people have drowned in India’s capital during religious festivals that involve immersing statues of Hindu gods in a river, an official said on Thursday.
Five devotees drowned in New Delhi’s Yamuna River during a ritual that involves submerging idols of Hindu god Ganesha, a city fire department official said. The deaths occurred in separate incidents along the Yamuna, on Wednesday, said fire control room duty official Ramanand. “Young people carrying idols often wade out deep into the waters and then fail to make it back to the banks and drown,” Ramanand said. Four people also drowned in the Yamuna during a separate festival involving immersing statues of Lord Vishwakarma, the god of craftsmen and architects, the fire official said.AFP