Dahi Handi: 126 injured including several minors

Mumbai: Despite the Supreme Court orders against the Dahi Handi’s height not exceeding 20 feet cap for human pyramids and to exclude minors being allowed to form human pyramids, around 126 people were injured including minors in this year’s celebrations, with 34 amongst them kept under observation with critical injuries. Injured people were rushed to city hospitals with fractures and other injuries. However, no casualties were reported.

The injured being brought to hospitals showed a different reality.

As the day went by, patients kept streaming in to the city hospitals. Earlier in the day, KEM dean and director of medical education and large hospitals Avinash Supe said, “We have reserved 10 beds in each of the major hospitals  like Sion, Nair, KEM, JJ etc for the injured. Five beds have been reserved for the injured people at each of the peripheral hospitals.”

Among others who were injured, there was Kailash Bhole of the Blue Star Govinda Mandal in Chembur’s Lokhande Marg, whose wife reproach him as he was being wheeled in Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar. “Who has asked you to act soo foolish,” she said to him as he laid on a stretcher with a fracture.

There were also minors including 13 years old Sahil Patekar from Matunga, who was brought to Sion Hospital with a head injury.
10 years old Worli Koliwada’s Anshul Saroj on the other hand was rushed to the KEM hospital after he sustained a hip injury.
His friend Ayush Pusalkar sustained a head injury and was seen vomiting blood after he fell down at the spot. KEM hospital alone saw five children being brought in.

Also 14 years old Maanav Rathod from Parel came to KEM Hospital with a fractured arm. He said “It was my first time. I did not think I would fall down. I was confident.”

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