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Dahi Handi: 2 ‘govindas’ die, 117 injured in Maharashtra

Janmashtami celebrations in Mumbai turned fatal for two govindas at two different places Palghar and Airoli.

117 others were injured during Sunday’s celebrations while they were forming human pyramids as part of the festival.

In Palghar, 21-year-old Rohan Kini died due to an epileptic attack during the celebrations, while in Airoli in Navi Mumbai, a 34-year-old man died of electrocution.

Police said, “He was part of a human pyramid. He climbed down after breaking the handi and suffered an epileptic attack soon afterwards. He died while being taken to a hospital in Palghar around 6.30 pm.”

In Airoli Jayesh Sarle, died of electrocution.

“The death took place at a dahi handi event at a school in Airoli around 6.30 pm. Jayesh was standing near the gate when he touched a live wire,” a senior official at the Rabale police station said.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.

A statement issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said, “By 9 pm, as many as 117 govindas were reported to have received injuries while celebrating dahi handi at different locations in the city.”

“The injured are receiving treatment in different hospitals, including KEM, Nair, Siddharth, GT and Sion hospital. All were reported to be stable,” it said.

Across Maharashtra, ‘govinda’ troupes compete to form multi-tier pyramids and break pitchers of curd and buttermilk tied high above the ground.

The festival, which marks the birth of Lord Krishna, was celebrated with much enthusiasm across the city, including in areas like Ghatkopar, Dadar, Lalbaug and Bhandup.

 

 

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