Devotee drowns in Golden Temple pond

June 22nd, 2008 - 8:29 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Harbhajan Singh

Amritsar, June 22 (IANS) A Sikh devotee who had come to pray at the Golden Temple Sunday drowned in the sacred pond of the Sikh holy shrine here while taking a dip. The victim, Satnam Singh Randhawa from a village in Gurdaspur district in Punjab, was accompanied by his wife while visiting the shrine.

His wife later told shrine authorities and police that Randhawa was mentally disturbed. She said he slipped after stepping into the pond and drowned.

Seeing him drowning, other devotees and shrine volunteers pulled him out, but he could not be saved.

Golden Temple manager Harbhajan Singh said a number of volunteers were stationed around the pond at all times to help devotees in case of a problem or mishap.

The police started inquest proceedings into the incident.

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