Srinagar: Hours after two minor boys from south Kashmir’s Anantnag district died in a drowning incident, the district administration imposed a ban on swimming and bathing in river Jhelum, its tributaries, nallahs, streams and other water bodies within the south Kashmir district.
“In view of the threat to human lives due to drowning incidents while bathing/swimming in Rivers/Streams/Nallahs; as a precautionary measure, a blanket ban is hereby imposed on swimming/bathing in River Jhelum, its tributaries, nallahs, streams and other water bodies within Anantnag district forthwith,” reads an order issued by Deputy Commissioner Anantnag K K Sidha.
“The Tehsildars (Executive Magistrates), Police Officers (SHOs) & Engineers of Jal Shakti Department shall keep strict vigil in their respective areas of jurisdiction to ensure implementation of the order in letter and spirit,” the order reads.
Earlier on Friday afternoon, two boys identified as Abrar and Waseem died after they drowned in Dadi canal in Khiram village of the district.
On July 9, 2020, central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district also witnessed a complete ban on swimming, bathing in Nallah Sindh and its tributaries in wake of frequent loss of lives in drowning incidents.
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