Five people including three members of a family were killed, when the boats in which they were carrying an idol of Goddess Durga for immersion capsized in the middle of a water body in Murshidabad district.

A police officer said, “At around 6.30 pm on Monday (October 26), the two boats, carrying the idol, capsized in the middle of the water body at Beldanga. Five persons went missing. Later, their bodies were fished out at night.”

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Police said that the people didn’t take any permission from the police to hold the immersion procession. Besides, too many people had boarded the two boats in violation of social distancing norms that are in place because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

A huge crowd had also gathered on the banks of the water body to watch the immersion at Beldanga.

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The dead have been identified as Rohan Pal (23), Arindam Banerjee (23), Sukhendu De (21), Rubai Hazra Banerjee (20) and Mohor Hazra Banerjee (34).

Officials from the police department said, “Divers are still looking if there is anybody else in the water. Police and disaster management department personnel are working together. We will look into the matter.”