Collecting snails in pond cost 6 girls their lives

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 13:28 hrs

Six minor girls drowned while trying to collect snails in a pond at Mehrama area in Godda district of Jharkhand, police said on Sunday.

The tribal girls, all aged about 10 years, formed a human chain and went deep into the pond but slipped one after another yesterday and drowned.

All the victims were residents of Masuria village -- which is very close to the pond -- under Ishipur police station of bordering Bhagalpur district of Bihar, the sources said.

Snails are used as food by the local people.

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