Indian youngsters risk death by diving from rail bridge

A group of young daredevils have been seen risking death by carrying out a dangerous and life-threatening stunt in India. A series of shocking and heart-stopping photographs have captured the moment the teenagers line up along a railway bridge before leaping into a canal as a fast-moving train approaches.

And this is not the first time the stunt has been performed above the Upper Ganga Canal in Ghaziabad, India. Local police previously promised to deploy extra patrols to deal with the youngsters carrying out the stunt and posting footage of it online. The boys are seen waiting on the bridge in Ghaziabad district before leaping one-by-one into the Upper Ganga Canal.

Police said extra patrols have been deployed to stop other youths from playing on the train tracks and filming footage to post online. But incidents like these are not uncommon, and many people become victim to grievous accidents when they stumble while performing the stunts.

Ved Prakash, who lives near the bridge, previously told : ‘The canal is frequented by boys from nearby areas and they perform such stunts since they are well acquainted with it and have been born and brought up here.

‘There have been incidents when some boys have drowned, but that failed to deter the youngsters,’ said Ved Prakash, a Dasna resident.’

Mukesh Kumar used to jump off railway bridges with friends for entertainment when he was 18.

‘We do this every summer. This is a great way of having fun. Otherwise, going about normally around the river is very boring,’ he said.

‘We also have bets sometimes about who jumps last and waits for the train to come nearest,’ he added.’

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