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Student dies while taking selfie in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut

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Meerut: A student in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district on Tuesday died after slipping into a canal while allegedly taking a selfie along with his friends.

The incident reportedly took place when Pawan, the deceased, was out for a picnic with his friend near the canal and while taking selfies, he slipped into it.

Though an investigation is underway, Pawan’s father has accused three of his friends for the incident.

According to a 2016 report, India reported highest number of selfie-related deaths between 2014 and 2016. Over 70 people had died during that period while clicking selfies.

A little over a month ago, a video of a Hyderabad youth taking a selfie in front a speeding train went viral. The selfie stunt landed him in a hospital with serious head injuries. The Railway Police Force also registered a case against him under Section 147 of the Railways Act and charged him with trespassing.

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