Five pilgrims from Punjab drowned, two rescued, near Dehra,

Himachal River Accident, File Photo

Five youths from drowned while taking bath in a swollen rivulet near Dehra in Kangra district Sunday morning while two others were rescued.

The pilgrims, hailing from Rihan Kalan in Hoshiarpur, were returning after paying obeisance at Jawalamukhi temple. They went deep into Nakaid Khud for taking bath, ignoring the warning board, and were swept away by the gushing waters, SP, Kangra, Sanjeev Gandhi said.
Two of the seven pilgrims, including 14-year-old Arash Deep, were rescued by the locals while the bodies of five were fished out with help of local people and sent for post mortem to Dehra hospital.

The local people asked the pilgrims not to venture into the water but they ignored the warning. A local fisherman Sunil Kumar and others saved two of the pilgrims, police said.

The victims were identified as Jaswinder Singh (18),Dheeraj Saini( 19), Makhan (31),Jagdeep (20) and Deepak Saini (20), all residents of Rihan Kalan.