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At least 22 people killed in a boat mishap in Western Uttar Pradesh

At least 22 people drowned after their boat capsized in Yamuna River in Baghpat district in Western Uttar Pradesh about one kilometres north of the national capital on September 14, the police said.

The boat carrying 60 people capsized and 22 persons drowned, according to the District Magistrate.

After the incident, the villagers resorted to violence on the Delhi-Saharanpur highway linking Delhi with Punjab and Haryana.

Rescue teams, including a team of NDRF, have reached the spot, a senior police officer said. About 12 people have been rescued.

The overcrowded boat was headed for Haryana from a village in Western Uttar Pradesh when the incident occurred. The NDRF team has been mobilised to Katha village.

Police and Provincial Armed Constabulary divers reached the accident spot and have begun rescue operations.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased.

The cause behind the incident was not known immediately.

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