SHIVAMOGGA, KARNATAKA: On Wednesday police officials has conveyed that, at least eight people were drowned in Tungabhadra River in Karnataka, when a coracle in which they were sailing overturned and capsized. Four others are missing.
In the afternoon the cluster, from Hadonahalli village, had gone to submerge a Ganesha idol. They had got into a coracle to immerse the idol and it overturned. Shivamogga police superintendent Abhinav Khare has also further conveyed that, we launched a rescue and relief operation with the help of locals, but none of the victims stay alive and seven bodies were recovered till darkness set in.
Search operations are still on for the missing men. The district authority has banned swimming, sailing and immersion of Ganesha idols in the river to stop any such accident. Ganesha Chaturthi, which began on Monday, is a 10-day long festival crossways the state when the god of removal of obstacles is worshipped and his idol is immersed in the river, lake or pond on any evening through the festival period.