Sunday November 18, 2018

Selfie goes awry: Seven people drown while clicking Selfie on the banks of Ganga in Kanpur

India has a record of having the highest number of selfie deaths, accounting for 40 percent of selfie deaths in a year

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  • 7 youths got drowned in Ganga river in Kanpur while taking selfies
  • Government of India marked Kumbh Mela under no selfie zone
  • In 2016, number of deaths increased due to increase of selfie craze within people

While taking selfies, Seven youths were swept away by the Ganga river in Kanpur on June 23. When one of the youths fell into the river while taking a selfie, his friends jumped in the river to save him resulting in all seven youths being swept away by the current.

There is a rise in number of selfie deaths from the year 2014. The same year, a fifteen year old boy was killed when he was taking a selfie on a railway track. 14 deaths were reported that year in total. In 2016, number of deaths increased due to increase of selfie craze within people. In fact, India has a record of having the highest number of selfie deaths, accounting for 40 percent of selfie deaths in a year.

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Nashik Kumbh mela (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Nashik Kumbh mela. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Recently, seven youths were drowned in Ganga river in Kanpur while taking selfies. Sachin Gupta (21), Bholu Tiwari (20), Rohit (20), Shivam (19), Maqsood (31), Bhola (16) and Satyam (24) went for bathing in the river when they were swept away by the water.

Shivam was trying to take selfie when he lost his balance. Maqsood tried to save him but failed eventually. All friends jumped after one another and drowned in the river. The divers started finding them. After two hours of searching, all bodies were recovered and sent to the hospital where they all declared dead.

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Two similar incidents were reported. When three girls drowned in the Arabian sea while taking selfies on rocks near Bandra fort and a local youth who dived to save them was also swept away by the water. In 2015 a similar incident happened when seven youths were drowned in Mangrul Lake near Kuhi. All were trying to pose for selfie while standing in a boat and the boat tipped over.

However, measures are taken by the government to stop these selfie deaths. Recently, Government of India marked Kumbh Mela under no selfie zone. Apart from that, around 16 locations in Mumbai have been declared as ‘no selfie zones’ and strict actions are being taken against the offenders.

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The Families Of Victims In Railway Accident Incident In India Stage Protests

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the accident a "heart-wrenching tragedy" and asked officials to provide immediate assistance to the injured.

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People gather at the site of an accident after a train traveling at high speed ploughed through a crowd of people on rail tracks near Amritsar, India. VOA

Angry relatives of the scores of people who were killed in India when they were run over by a speeding train staged protests Saturday while one of the country’s railway officials maintains the railway is not responsible for the tragic accident.

The train was traveling at high speed when it ploughed through a crowd Friday at a religious festival on the outskirts of the northern city of Amritsar, killing 59 people, Punjab state’s Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, told reporters Saturday. Singh said 57 others were injured and an official investigation would be carried out over the next four weeks.

The Jalandhar-Amritsar express was traveling at 90 kilometers per hour when it hit the crowd, which had gathered on the tracks to watch a fireworks display marking the Hindu festival of Dussehra.

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The Hindu festival of Dussehra.

Hundreds of relatives of the victims engaged in sporadic protests on and near the tracks Saturday, calling for action against local authorities and the train operator, who was questioned Saturday by police.

Authorities moved the protestors off the tracks and brought in reinforcements to control the crowd.

‘No lapse on our part’

The railway accident was India’s worst in years, but the junior minister who manages Indian Railways, the world’s fourth largest rail system, refused to accept responsibility.

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A man mourns next to the burning pyre of a family member who died after a train traveling at high speed ploughed through a crowd of people, at a cremation site in Amritsar, India. VOA

“Railways cannot be blamed. Railways were not informed about the ceremony,” Manoj Sinha told reporters Saturday. Speaking to reporters, Sinha ruled out any punitive action against his staff, saying, “There was no lapse on our part and no action against the driver will be initiated.”

Local government officials said the festival takes place every year on the outskirts of Amritsar and that railroad authorities are alerted to run the trains at slow speeds.

Witnesses said the victims did not realize the train was coming because of the sound of the fireworks and celebrations.

‘Heart-wrenching’

Some witnesses said the train did not sound its whistle as it sped past the festival site.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the accident a “heart-wrenching tragedy” and asked officials to provide immediate assistance to the injured.

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India’s railway network remains the main form of travel in the vast country, where railway accidents are relatively common.

Millions of Hindus celebrate the Dussehra festival by burning giant effigies of the demon Ravana, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil. (VOA)