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Maharashtra: 2 Dead, 197 Injured In Dahi Handi Janmashtami Celebrations

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| August 16 , 2017 , 09:03 IST

A total of 2 people were killed and 197 others injured in different places in Maharashtra in Dahi Handi-related incidents on the eve of Janmashtami which is marked by forming human pyramids.

A 'Govinda' named Rohan Gopinath Kini died in Palghar district after suffering from an epileptic attack during the celebrations while in the Airoli district Jayesh Sarle died of electrocution.

The 21-year-old Kini successfully got down from the human pyramid but died soon afterward.

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"He was a part of a human pyramid. He got down from the pyramid after breaking the handi. But soon afterwards, he suffered an epileptic attack and he died while being taken to a hospital in Palghar around 6.30 pm," police said.

The 34-year-old Sarle died when he came in contact with a live wire.

"The incident took place at a dahi handi event organised at a school ground in Airoli around 6.30 pm. Jayesh, who was also a 'Govinda', was standing near the gate of the venue when he came in contact with a live wire," a senior police official said.

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

From the 197 injured, 117 'Govindas' were injured in Mumbai itself.

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A statement issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said, "By 9 pm, as many as 117 'Govindas' were reported to have received injuries while celebrating dahi handi at different locations of 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.

On the occasion of Janmashtami which marks the birth of Lord Krishna, 'Govinda' troupes complete to form multi-tier human pyramids and break pitchers of curd and buttermilk tied at a height from the ground known as Dahi Handi.

According to organisers, this year the celebrations were relatively low-key due to income tax worries, demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementations.