illegal channelization takes another life in kotdwar uttarakhand villagers angry

Kotdwar. The irregular channelization going on in the rivers of Pauri district is taking a toll on the lives of the people. The latest case is of Sukhrau river, where a teenager drowned in water due to a deep pit created due to channelization. Due to mining in the rivers of Kotdwar Bhabar, deep pits have been formed, which are now continuously causing the deaths of children. When another such accident happened on Wednesday afternoon, the local people got angry and they even pelted stones on the miners on the banks of the river. After this whole incident, the illegal business of channelization has come to the center.

On Wednesday afternoon, 15-year-old Priyanshu died after being trapped in the pit of Sukhrau river. On receiving the information, the police and SDRF team reached the spot and took out the dead body after a struggle of three and a half hours. Significantly, earlier on June 7, the only brother of four sisters had died due to drowning in a similar pit in Khoh river. Even before this, two children drowned in Khoh river. The latest case in this regard has put a question mark on illegal mining and the system.

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Vijay, a friend of the deceased Priyanshu, told that when Priyanshu’s slippers fell in the river, he went to the river to take out the slippers, but he did not know the depth of the pit made in the river, so he got trapped and drowned. After the information of the people around, the police and SDRF teams started the search operation. The recovered body was kept in the mortuary of the Government Base Hospital by the police. At the same time, people angry with the matter demanded to stop the work of channelization by pelting stones on the miners. In this case, Kotdwar SDM Yogesh Mehra ordered an inquiry into the matter. The SDM said that the channelization will be investigated against the rules.

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