Allahabad: 3 people drown after boat capsizes in Yamuna river

Three persons drowned in river Yamuna when a boat carrying over dozen people capsized near Allahabad on Sunday evening.

Three persons drowned in river Yamuna when a boat carrying over dozen people capsized near Allahabad on Sunday evening.

The boat left from the river bank in city's Dhoomanganj area and capsized near a ghat under Ghoorpur police station area of the districts trans-Yamuna region, about 50 kms from Allahabad.

A complaint has been filed against the boatman for carrying more people than the boat's capacity.

"There were too many persons and heavy goods like motorcycles," the Additional Superintendent of Police (trans- Yamuna), Allahabad, Ashok Kumar Rai said.

"The boat overturned when it got caught in a vortex arising out of the strong dust-storm that swept across the trans-Yamuna region," he said.

"Ten people, including two women, either swam to safety or were rescued by the villagers who witnessed the capsize.

"Our divers fished out the bodies of a six-year-old girl, a three-year-old boy and a man in his 60s after a two-hour- long search operation," he said.

The police officer, however, said the exact number of the people sailing in the boat was not known immediately.

"We have not been able to contact any of the survivors. No person has come with the complaint of a missing relative either. Our divers will, however, carry on the search operation till late in the night by way of abundant caution," ASP Rai said.

(WITH PTI INPUTS)