NEWS Gomti accident: 24 hours into rescue operation, two Nepali women still missing

Gomti accident: 24 hours into rescue operation, two Nepali women still missing

Lucknow Despite their best efforts, rescue teams were unable to locate the 32-year-old woman and man (whose age could not be determined) who went missing after their car plunged into the Gomti River on Tuesday night. The two missing have been identified as Nepalese Meera Kumari and Rahul Yadav. The pair were accompanied by two other men who were rescued shortly after the crash.

Lucknow Police Joint Commissioner Piyush Mordia shared more details, saying, “A joint team of Police, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has been conducting search operations throughout the day but was unable” to locate the victim on Wednesday. to the missing duo. Search operations will continue. ”

Late on Tuesday night, a private car carrying four people skidded off the roadside in Lucknow and fell into the Gomti River. The accident happened on the riverside road near Samta Mulak intersection, under the Mahanagar police station restrictions, when the group of four came out for a short night drive.

According to locals, this is not the first accident on the route. “In June 2021, an SUV carrying 8 people also slid into the river from the same section. The accident resulted in the death of one passenger – Nikhil Gupta. Nevertheless, no action was taken by the authorities to prevent more such accidents,” said a local resident who requested anonymity.

While Lucknow Municipal Commissioner Indrajeet Singh visited the site on Wednesday and ordered officials to close the route to prevent any unfortunate incident, there are still some commuters taking the road section as a “shortcut” to the paper mill colony regardless of the risks involved. . In fact, Lucknow Municipal Corporation’s garbage trucks, food delivery agents and private cars regularly pass through this stretch of road while rescue teams launch search operations to find the missing duo.

‘Their cries can be heard after speeding car plunges into river’

lucknow Bystanders who witnessed Tuesday’s horrific accident said the car was speeding and the driver may have lost control of the vehicle that fell into Gomti. Witnesses added that they were unable to prevent the accident due to the speed of the vehicle, but ran to the bank shortly after the vehicle fell into the river and called police.

“We heard the cries of four passengers in the car that fell into the water. They were trapped in the car,” said a witness to the accident. Other witnesses who frequent the place for nighttime walks said three local youths — Samir Khan, Rajesh and Rupesh — rescued the two passengers in the car — Abhishek Dubey, 26, a resident of Bhadohi, and Dushyant, 24, a resident of Sitapur. Shukla.

Some of these onlookers even got a glimpse of two missing people – Meena Kumari and Rahul Yadav – but the pair were swept up in the waves within seconds Gone, probably because they couldn’t swim.

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