Maharashtra: 2 killed, 225 injured in `dahi handi` celebrations

Last Updated: Friday, August 10, 2012 - 22:53

Mumbai: Janmashtami celebrations in Maharashtra were on Friday marred by the death of two persons, part of the `dahi handi` troupes called `Govindas`.

In Thane, 35-year-old Deepak Tupe, who belonged to the Hanuman Mandal in Kurla, died at Pachpakhadi after falling off the human pyramid and suffocation.

In Dighi village of Raigad district, a 19-year-old died after falling off a pyramid.

In Mumbai, 225 persons were injured during the celebrations, sources in the civic body said.

The condition of a 22-year-old govinda, who sustained burns after falling on an overhead electric cable is serious, sources said.

MNS group leader in state assembly Bala Nandgaonkar shared the stage at the `dahi handi` function organised by Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik.

At Sarnaik`s celebration in Vartaknagar in Thane, the Jai Jawan Mandal successfully created a 43.79 feet high human pyramid and was given a certificate by the Guinness Book of World Records` representative.

In Worli, actor Hrithik Roshan and Congress minister Narayan Rane were among those present at the dahi handi organised by NCP minister Sachin Ahir.

In Thane, a govinda troupe completed a nine-layer human pyramid. In Mumbai, an 81-year old woman was also a part of the all-woman group which set out to break the dahi handi.

PTI



First Published: Friday, August 10, 2012 - 22:53

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