DIPHU, July 13 - A woman drowned in the Difloo river while trying to cross the surging waters along with her husband under Dolamara Police Station at around 5:30 pm on last Monday evening.
The incident took place when Sing Ronghang and his wife Lodep Rongpharpi were swimming diagonally across the river. Though they held their hands together in order to swim against the strong tide, but the swirling waters washed away Lodep from the hands of her husband.
Though people from the nearby villages rushed to the river and subsequently searched for the body throughout the night and even beyond, but they could not recover Lodep’s body.
At around 11:30 am the following day, the incident was reported to the police authority. As a result, Officer Incharge Dhrubajyoti Borah subsequently arranged two SDRF teams from nearby Bokakhat and Golaghat, who straight away started a manhunt. In spite of the SDRF’s best endeavour to fish out the body, it failed to locate the victim.
In the meantime, people of the locality urged the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council authority to construct an RCC bridge over the river as soon as possible as more than 1,000 people reside on the Karbi Anglong side of the river.
In the absence of a bridge, hundreds of people, mostly students, are forced to swim across the river daily by risking their lives for their everyday activities in order to visit Golaghat and other distant places at great inconvenience.