Dehradun : A 62 – year – old tourist from West Bengal died in a river rafting accident in Rishikesh on Monday: According to police, the victim, identified as Subhashish Barman, was a resident of Kolkata and a retired employee of Punjab National Bank. He had come to Rishikesh with his wife and two daughters on October 1. He drowned in the Ganga after the raft in which he was sitting with seven other tourists overturned while trying to maneuver the waters at a spot named Roller Coaster.
KS Negi, district adventure sports officer of Tehri Garhwal district, who reached Rishikesh after receiving information about the incident, said, ” Barman and his family members were part of a 14-member group from Kolkata. On Tuesday morning, they hired two rafts for a trip from Shivpuri to Muni Ki Reti. Bar man’s raft turned turtle while the operator was trying to maneuver it and all the tourists fell into the river. While the guides managed to timely rescue all of them, Barman was fished out in an unconscious state.
He was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. ” According to Negi, a preliminary investigation suggested that the operators had followed all the safety norms. ” A high-level inquiry will be carried out by the tourism department to ascertain the cause of the accident, ” he said. Notably, there have been quite a few rafting accidents leading to deaths in the past few years in Rishikesh, which have led to calls for the need to have better safety norms. In 2015, then-UP labor minister Shahid Manzoor’s daughter Abida Hasan drowned while rafting in Rishikesh. In May 2017, a 35 year – old man died after his raft capsized on the stretch from Shivpuri to Ramleela.