Ganesh Visarjan: Boat capsizes during Ganpati immersion, 11 dead, five rescued

Updated: Sep 13, 2019, 11:23 IST | mid-day online correspondent

This incident occurred at around 4:30 in the morning in Madhya Pradesh. At least 40 police personnel along with other authorities and professional swimmers have been deployed for rescue operations

Ganesh Visarjan: Boat capsizes during Ganpati immersion, 11 dead, five rescued
Rescue operations at Khatlapura Ghat in Bhopal where a boat carrying Ganpati devotees capsized on September 13. Pic/ANI

Madhya Pradesh: In a tragic incident, at least 11 bodies were recovered while five persons have been rescued at Khatlapura Ghat in Bhopal after the boat they were in capsized during Ganesh immersion. The search operation is underway. "Five people have been rescued and we have recovered 11 bodies till now. A search operation is underway to locate the missing persons. According to the locals, only the people in the boat drowned, but we are still searching the area," informed Akhil Patel, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP).

The tragic incident occurred at around 4:30 on the morning of September 13.

At least 40 police personnel are present at the spot along with other authorities and professional swimmers. State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) team is also present at the spot," the ASP added.

An ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh has been announced by the district collector for the families of those who drowned and died during the Ganesh immersion in Bhopal on Friday morning.

"Despite proper security arrangements, this incident took place so we will investigate the matter and try to find out the reason behind this mishap. Collector has announced an ex-gratia of Rs four lakh for the kin of those drowned and died," said PC Sharma, MP Law Minister.

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The 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival ended on a grand scale on September 12, Thursday as devotees across the country bid their final goodbye to Lord Ganesh on the last day. As a ritual, Ganesh idols are immersed into the sea, ponds, lakes and artificial water bodies on the immersion day

With inputs from ANI

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Ganesh Visarjan: Mumbaikars bid final farewell to Ganpati across city
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    Lalbaugcha Raja the popular Ganesh idol of the 'Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal', makes its way towards Girgaun Chowpatty for visarjan (immersion process). Pic/Atul Kamble

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    Lalbaugcha Raja as a tradition is organised by the Kamble family every year, who have a workshop by the name of 'Kambli Arts' in Lalbaug, Parel. The immersion procession of Lalbaugcha Raja in the morning at Lalbaug, Parel. Pic/Manjeet Thakur

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    Thousands of devotees throng Parel Cha Raja (Narepark) as it proceeded towards visarjan. As the city geared up for Ganpati Visarjan, police in the state put in place elaborate security measures, including crowd control. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

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    In Mumbai, the immersion of Ganesh idols took place at 129 places including Girgaum Chowpatty, Shivaji Park, and at Juhu, Aksa, Versova and Marve beaches of the Arabian Sea. Lakhs of Mumbaikars participated in key processions like that of 'Lalbaugcha Raja'. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

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    Reportedly, there are 5630 Sarvajanik Ganpati all over Mumbai and more than 32,000 household Ganpati idols. There are 129 places earmarked in Mumbai for immersion of the idols. Pic/AFP

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    For the immersion of Ganpati in 2109, as many as 56 roads were declared as one way. To monitor the crowd more than 5000 cameras all over the city were placed. In three points, drones were being used to regulate and monitor the situation; the points were - Juhu Chowpatty, Girgaum Chowpatty and Powai lake. Pic/AFP

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    In picture: Raj Kapoor's son Rajiv Kapoor attended the Ganpati Bappa aarti and puja at Ashtvinayak Mitra Mandal at Chembur Naka. Pic/Sameer Markande

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    Rajiv Kapoor pays his respects and offers prayers to Lord Ganesha at Ashtvinayak Mitra Mandal at Chembur Naka. Pic/Sameer Markande. 

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    Kalachowki Ganesh Idol on Chinchpokli rail over bridge. Pic/ Pradeep Dhivar

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    In picture: Devotees of Lord Ganesh during the Visarjan that took place at Girgaum Chowpatty. Pic/ Shadab Khan


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    In picture: Devotees pay their respects to Lord Ganesh during the Ganesh Visarjan at Girgaum Chowpatty. Pic/ Shadab Khan

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    The Ganesh Visarjan takes place on a grand scale in the evening at Linking Road, Bandra. Pic/Rachna Kanwar

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    Mumbai Police was on their toes manoeuvring traffic across the city. Pic/Rachna Kanwar

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    A picture of Lord Ganesha statue taken from a top angle during the Ganpati Visarjan in Mumbai

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    In picture: Lord Ganesha's idol as Ganesh Visarjan took place in the suburbs of Andheri East in Mumbai, Pic/Utsav Joshi

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    In picture: Devotees throng the idol of Lord Ganesh during Visarjan in Andheri East, Pic/Utsav Joshi

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    In picture: A grand idol of Lord Ganesh during the Ganpati Visarjan near Paradise Cinema in Mahim, Mumbai, Pic: Sunny Rodricks

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