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11 killed during Ganpati immersions across Maharashtra

During Ganesh idol immersion processions in Maharashtra at least eleven people were killed according to sources. 

Out of 11 , five from Pune sources added.

Three persons drowned during Ganesh idol immersion in the Shivnai lake near Bidkin in Aurangabad district, police said.

Officials from state police headquarters said that three died in Aurangabad, four people lost their lives in Pune, two in Jalgaon and one each in Nashik and Beed districts.

However, exact details about their deaths are not immediately known.

In Mumbai, the idol at the official residence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was immersed in an artificial pond.

In Pune, two brothers died after being drowned in a lake in Wadaki near Hadapsar, fire brigade and locals fished out their bodies.

Similar incident happened in Markal near Alandi, 18-year-old youth drowned in Indrayani river. Total five persons drowned in three different incidents.

Three bodies search operation is still under process. 

Over 7,600 Ganesh idols installed at public places and more than one lakh idols in homes will be immersed today.

By 3 pm, around 80 public idols and 3,600 ‘gharguti’ (home) idols were immersed, an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.

The BMC, police, Coast Guard and Navy have made elaborate arrangements to ensure smooth and safe immersion of the idols.

Cranes, watchtowers, drones, CCTVs and floodlights have been arranged to keep a watch on every movement of the revellers and devotees, a police official earlier said.

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