11 die, 200 fall ill during Holi in Delhi; 5300 booked
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 02, 2010, 23:01
New Delhi: The festival of colours turned tragic for several families in the capital as at least 11 people died in accidents, including the drowning of a boy, while around 200 fell ill during Holi revelry.

Police were on full force in the city during the festival yesterday with the traffic wing conducting special drives in which 5,300 people were challaned for traffic violations, including 650 for drunken and dangerous driving.

According to figures given by police, ten people were killed in road accidents yesterday here as against 14 last year. Out of the 14 killed in accidents last year, five died on the day of Holi while others succumbed to their injuries later.

In a tragic incident, 12-year-old Sonu drowned after he fell into a pit allegedly dug by Delhi Jal Board for laying water pipeline in south Delhi's Panchasheel Enclave.

Fire brigade personnel later fished out the body.

A case has been registered and notices were slapped on Delhi Jal Board and Delhi Development Authority for not taking precautions at the site.

On the number of road accidents this year, police said they recorded double the number at 42 than last year's 21.

There were also reports tonight about five deaths due to consumption of spurious liquor from east and south-west Delhi. However, there was no official confirmation.

AIIMS Trauma Centre said it received around 200 people yesterday who became ill or were injured during Holi revelry.

Police said during the special drive conducted by the traffic wing, motorists without helmets topped the list of violators at 1,594 followed by red light jumping (922), drunken driving (445), triple riding (444), dangerous driving (222) and over speeding (162).

Another 1,551 were challaned for various offences like speaking on mobile phones while driving and overtaking from the wrong side.

Hoax calls also kept Delhi Police on its toes on Holi with its control room receiving around 250 calls ranging from bogus information of double murder to firing during the day.

Between 8 am and 8 pm yesterday, a senior police official said, the Police Control Room (PCR) received 238 bogus calls during Holi celebrations. During the day, the PCR received a total of 6,100 calls.

One of the calls received from west Delhi's Uttam Nagar talked about a double murder, saying two brothers were killed during a scuffle between two groups of youths, the official said. However, it turned out to be a hoax call.

Another call was received from Sultanpuri about an incident of firing following a fight between two neighbours. When police rushed to the spot, they found there was no firing but only a minor scuffle, the official said.


First Published: Tuesday, March 02, 2010, 23:01

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