Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann


DW BUREAU / Chandigarh Punjab government on Tuesday announced it will give Rs 1 lakh each to the families of seven people who drowned in the Gobind Sagar lake in Una district of Himachal Pradesh. Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann in a tweet said: "No price can be put to anyone's life, yet by sharing grief of aggrieved families, their pain is definitely reduced. Financial assistance of Rs one lakh each out of the chief minister relief fund will be given to the families of seven youths who drowned in Gobind Sagar lake." Seven pilgrims from Punjab's Mohali had drowned in the Gobind Sagar lake on Monday. They were part of a group of 11 pilgrims. The incident took place when they entered the lake near Garib Nath temple in Bangana subdivision to take bath. Out of the 11, four managed to come out after some time but the rest seven did not, the Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Management Department had said. The deceased were identified as Pawan Kumar, 35, Raman Kumar, 19, Vishal Kumar 16, Lakhvir Kumar, 15, Arun Kumar, 15, Shiv Kumar, 17, and Love Kumar, 17. They were all residents of Banur area in Mohali district. Last rites of all seven were performed in Banur on Tuesday. Their bodies reached Banur from Himachal Pradesh at around 4 pm. Rajpura MLA Neena Mittal too met the family members of the deceased and offered his condolences. A large number of people were present at the cremation ground. The victims were part of the 11 member group which had come to visit the lake. As they went into the lake for swimming one of them started drowning, after which others tried to save him.However among them four survived and managed to swim to the banks of the lake. SDM Bangana Yog Raj Dhiman had said that help had been sought from the divers of Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) to fish out the bodies of the deceased. Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has expressed grief over the tragic incident. He prayed to the Almighty to give peace to the departed souls and strength to the bereaved family members to bear the irreparable loss. Their last rites were performed on Tuesday at Banur near Patiala, on Tuesday. (


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