PRAYAGRAJ Two residents of Pratapgarh are feared drowned, while one was saved by local fishermen at Rasulabad Ghat on Saturday afternoon. The incident occurred when a group of people, who had come to Rasulabad Ghat to perform the last rites of a man, started drowning while bathing in the river as part of traditions.
Shivkuti police reached the spot on receiving information about the incident and hired divers and fishermen to locate the two missing persons, but in vain. The search will resume on Sunday.
According to reports, Awadhesh Kumar, a resident of Malhupur village in Delhipur area of Pratapgarh, died on Friday due to cardiac arrest. On Saturday, relatives and villagers reached Rasulabad Ghat with the body to perform his last rites.
After the last rites, people started bathing in the Ganges. While most of them emerged safely from the river, Sitaram Yadav (60) and his cousin Krishna Kumar Yadav (50), along with Nankau Saroj (17) from the same village, ventured into deeper waters and started drowning. Hearing their cries for help, local fishermen rushed in and managed to rescue Nankau, but Sitaram and Krishna Kumar were swept away by the currents.
Despite hours of searching by divers hired by the police until dusk, they could not find them. Sanjay Gupta, SHO of Shivkuti police station, mentioned that an NDRF team would be deployed on Sunday to search for the drowned.