Another person drowns; official ban goes in air

SIALKOT: The violation of official ban on bathing in rivers and canals by the sizzling hot weather-beaten people took the life of another person in district here Wednesday. A local farmer Muhammad Aslam, 54 years old drowned in Bambaanwala-Ravi-Badian (B.R.B) Canal near village Bambaanwala-Daska here.

Reportedly, he was bathing there to beat the heat when he drowned. Rescue 1122 divers fished out his dead body and handed it over the grieved family for burial.

About ten days ago the District Coordination Officer (DCO) Iftikhar Ali Sahu had imposed a ban on bathing in rivers, canals, streams and all the water channels under section 144 PPC in district. Under this order, the picnicking by the people was also banned along the banks of the rivers and canals from dusk to dawn, not allowing the people to celebrate picnic from evening to the morning (almost the whole night) there. However, they were allowed to picnic not to bath only during the day time.

It was amazing that there was no implementation on this official ban.

According to the Rescue 1122 officials, eleven people have yet drowned in separate incidents during the last two weeks while bathing in local rivers and canals in district’s four Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils here, while, the Rescue 1122 also saved the people in such number from drowning in different canals and rivers in Sialkot district during the last two weeks.

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