Woman, son drown in river in Bilaspur

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Woman, son drown in river in Bilaspur

Tuesday, 01 February 2022 | Staff Reporter | BILASPUR

A 40-year-old woman and her minor son drowned in a river in Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur district after they went there for a picnic along with other family members, police said on Monday.

Bilaspur Senior Superintendent of Police Parul Mathur said the incident took place on Sunday evening near Lofandi village when Smita Lal (40) and her son Aavesh (14) were trying to cross the Arpa river on foot.

Eight members of three families, all residents of Bilaspur town, had gone together for the picnic.

They had earlier crossed the river to reach an island in the middle of the water body. On their way back from the island, Lal and her son slipped into the deep water and drowned, Mathur said.

Another woman and her five-year-old son also slipped into the deep water, but her husband managed to rescue them, she said.

After being alerted, some villagers and police reached the spot, the officer said. The two bodies were later taken out from the river.

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