VIJAYAWADA: Search operations for those who drowned at Pavithra Sangamam in the Krishna river in a boat capsize on Sunday evening, were called off in the early hours of Tuesday with the recovery of body of 7-year-old Popuri Ashwika by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF). taking the death roll to 22.
Around 200 NDRF and SDRF personnel participated in the search operations. Ashwika who hailed from Nellore, was residing with her parents in Vijayawada. After the post-mortem, Ashwika’s body was handed over to her parents. The victim was the grand-daughter of CPI national secretary K Narayana. Two rescued victims are still undergoing treatment in a hospital in the city. Their condition is stated to be critical.
Narayana attends sister’s last rites
CPI national secretary K Narayana on Tuesday attended the last rites of his sister P Lalitha Devi and her daughter-in-law Haritha at Kurugondla village in Ozili mandal, who died in the boat capsize. Their bodies reached the village on Monday late night. “Despite the stampede at Godavari Pushkaralu, the government failed to take adequate measures to ensure the safety of people at major events. The government which is promoting tourism in a big way in the State, has failed to take adequate measures to ensure the safety of tourists,” alleged Narayana.