Seven girls aged between 12 and 20 years drowned in a pond at a village in Jharkhand’s Latehar district on Saturday, officials said.
The tragedy occurred at Bukru village within Balumath police station limits when the girls had gone to the pond for immersion after Karma Puja, a major festival in Jharkhand, Deputy Commissioner Abu Imran said.
Rescue teams were rushed to the scene. Some people were also injured and three of them were hospitalized.
The Deputy Development Commissioner of the district has been asked to hold an inquiry, Imran said.
Karma is a major festival in Jharkhand related to the worship of mother nature.
CM Hemant Soren expressed grief in a tweet.
लातेहार जिले के शेरेगाड़ा गांव में करम डाली विसर्जन के दौरान 7 बच्चियों की डूबने से हुई मौत की खबर सुनकर स्तब्ध हूँ।
परमात्मा दिवंगत आत्माओं को शांति प्रदान कर शोक संतप्त परिवारों को दुःख की घड़ी सहन करने की शक्ति दे।
— Hemant Soren (@HemantSorenJMM) September 18, 2021