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Engg student and his friend from Ghaziabad Lost Life in Rishikesh during taking bath in Ganga River

Dehradun; Two friends who had come to visit Rishikesh from Ghaziabad drowned while taking bath in the Muni ki Reti area on Friday. They were identified as Rajat Khanna, 21, and Shubham Singh, 25, both residents of Shalimar Garden, Ghaziabad. Khanna was a second-year engineering student at a private institute in Ghaziabad, while Singh worked at a private firm there.
Station house officer (SHO) Ritesh Shah said, “A group of five friends from Ghaziabad had come to Rishikesh on Friday. Around 12 pm, three of them went to the Ganga to take a bath. While one sat on the bank, two waded deep into the river and were swept away by a strong current.”The man sitting on the banks raised an alarm as soon as he realized the duo was out of sight, Shah said. “Jal Police personnel in the area were immediately informed. They scanned the river to rescue the two men but to no avail. After a couple of hours, the bodies were found a few kilometers from the accident site. Those were fished out and handed over to the family members, who traveled to Rishikesh from Ghaziabad in the evening,” he added. The Laxman Jhula-to-Muni ki Reti stretch is considered particularly treacherous. Five days ago, a 32-year-old tourist from Ahmedabad drowned there when he tried to swim at the deep end of the river.
Last year in September, two BPO executives from Noida also drowned in the stretch, and in August that year, three students from Mumbai lost their lives in a similar accident. While locals say there aren’t enough warning signs at the ghats, the administration blames the deaths on “adventurous young people who do not need warning signs”.

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