Lucknow:  In a horrific incident, At least 19 people drowned to death after a boat carrying 60 people overturned in river Yamuna in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh on Thursday morning.

At least 60 people were on the boat when it overturned. Around 10 people swam to safety while about 31 passengers are missing. District administration and villagers carried out rescue operations and the death toll is expected to rise.

Authorities were investigating, though they believe overcrowding was a likely cause. The boat had a capacity for only 35 passengers, said district magistrate Bhawani Singh.The workers crossed the river every day to their place of work in Baghpat, Singh said.Heavy monsoon rains have flooded rivers in parts of India, where boats are often the main mode of transport in remote areas.

ADG of Meerut zone Prashant Kumar said that 11 of the injured were under treatment in different hospitals. He said that a magisterial enquiry will be conducted.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the incident and announced Rs 2 lakh relief for victims’ kin. He said a probe has been ordered into the incident.

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Angry villagers and family members of the victims jammed traffic on Delhi-Saharanpur highway after placing the dead bodies on road. They pelted stones at the police and torched a few vehicles.

At least six persons including Bagpat Kotwali inspector, a woman cop and an orderly of SDM were injured in the stone pelting. Additional forces were deployed in the area to disperse the violent mob. ADG Kumar said that the situation was under control.

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