New Delhi: In a heart-rending incident, an NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) constable, who saved an elderly from drowning while bathing at the ongoing Ardh Kumb Mela at Prayagaraj, succumbed to his injuries sustained during the act on Saturday.

Rajender Gautam was reported to have fractured his spine, while saving an old man from drowning in the river, while taking a bath at Sangam on February 19.

The NDRF constable was then rushed to a nearby hospital and subsequently to Delhi AIIMS, but he passed away today morning.

The Ardha Kumbh Mela, held after every six years, is by far the biggest and one of the most significant Hindu religious gatherings of India. This 5000-year-old tradition has a large bouquet of worshippers from saints, sadhus, sadhvis, kalpvasis to devotees and pilgrims from all walks of life.

The Ardh Kumb Mela began on January 15, 2019 in Allahabad (Prayagraj). Extending upto 48 days, the mela has drawn close to millions of devotees, who visited the sacred confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and the Saraswati rivers.