Two youths die after drowning in river Jhelum

Srinagar: Two persons today died after drowning in river Jhelum in Uri area of Baramulla district allegedly due to unannounced release of water from a power project there, locals said.
Shabir Ahmad Rather (30) and Abdul Majeed Bhat (23) were washed away by strong water currents when they were fishing in river Jhelum this morning, they said.
They alleged that the duo died due to the negligence of the staff of Lower Jhelum Power project who released the water from the project without any warning.
Police has confirmed both the deaths but maintained that the cause of death was still being investigated.
The local residents blocked the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road at Bimber to protest against the incident.
Meanwhile, National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah has expressed profound grief and sorrow over the drowning death of two.
Senior NC Leader and MLA Uri Mohammad Shafi Uri while condemning this incident has demanded an immediate probe into the circumstances leading to this tragedy. “My heart goes out to the families of these two young boys. This is a very tragic incident and the Administration should order a high-level probe to ascertain why no alarm was sounded before waters from the Power Project were released into the Nallah. With inputs from PTI