When the boat was in mid-stream crossing the Bakra river with about 12 people on board, it tilted and sank. The boat was small and was carrying passengers more than its capacity, said Palasi Circle Officer Bhola Chaubey. "One woman identified as Meera Devi (35) of Dharamganj village got drowned and four swam to safety. Seven persons are missing and we are searching for them," he said.
The passengers, belonging to the same village, were crossing the river to go to their agricultural fields.