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Seven children, six women killed during Chhath Puja celebrations in Bihar

In a tragic incident, at least six women were killed after being hit by a train near Darbangha in Bihar in the wee hours of Monday morning.

India TV News Desk, Darbhanga [ Updated: November 07, 2016 13:04 IST ]
Six women, five children killed during Chhath Puja
Six women, five children killed during Chhath Puja celebrations in Bihar

Seven children drowned in three districts in the state during Chhath puja this 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 lost their lives near Bharpura ghat in river Bagmati in Khagaria district during course of Chhath rituals this morning. 

The boys, all friends, went deep in the water, while bathing during morning Arghya of Chhath. 

As one of them started drowning, two other boyswith 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 where two children drowned in Kadani river, a tributary of Gandak, 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.

Earlier, six women were crushed to death after being hit by a train near Darbangha in Bihar in the wee hours of Monday morning.

The incident took place near Rambhadrapur station in Darbhanga district when the women were returning after offering prayers of Chhath Puja. 

According to reports, the six women were crossing the railways track when they were hit by Swatantrata Sainani Express which was coming from Delhi. 

 

Following the incident, people expressed rage and thronged on rail tracks, bringing rail services to a halt. 

On Sunday, a six-year-old child drowned during Chhath Puja celebration in Sidhwan Canal. The devotees were reportedly carrying out rituals at the stage put up on the banks of the canal when the authorities suddenly released a large volume of water after which the child drowned. 

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