1 Dead, 121 Injured In Dahi Handi Celebrations In Mumbai On Janmashtami

| September 4 , 2018 , 09:14 IST

One youth died and 121 others were injured during the Dahi Handi ritual of the Krishna Janmashtami celebrations on Monday in Mumbai. The Dahi Handhi ritual in Maharashtra involves youngsters, known as 'Govindas' who dressed up in colourful attire form and climb human pyramids to reach an earthen pot suspended in mid-air containing buttermilk and break the pot.

The deceased, identified as 20-year-old Kush Khandare suffered from an epileptic attack when he climbed the first layer of a human pyramid in Central Mumbai's Dharavi on Monday afternoon, the police said. Khandare was rushed to the Sion Hospital, but he was declared dead before admission by doctors.

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“The people who brought Khandare to the hospital said he had a convulsion while he was on the first tier, and fell down. However, the patient had no history of epilepsy. Post-mortem was conducted and samples were sent for furter examination at forensic science labroratyr at Kalina,” a doctor at Sion Hospital said.

Last year, 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.

Dahi Handi celebrations were under the scanner last year as petitioners claimed that tall Dahi Handi pyramids were dangerous for participants in case of any accident. In response, the Bombay HC said tha  “an accident could take place anywhere, even in one’s own home, or the toilet.”

The birth of Lord Krishna, who is considered to be the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu is celebrated as Krishna Janmashtami with great festivity across the nation in the Hindu month of Shravana on Ashtami Tithi. This year Janmashtami was celebrated on September 2 and September 3 with the Ashtami Tithi beginning from 8:47 PM on September 2 and ending at 7:20 PM on September 3.