23-year-old student dies at Skrillex concert in Gurgaon

Police are yet to confirm the cause of Aanchal’s death and are waiting for the post-mortem report.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 14, 2015 2:33 am

A 23 year-old girl died while attending a concert of American artiste Skrillex at Gurgaon on Sunday, said the police.

The girl, identified as Aanchal Arora, was attending the concert with her friends when she started feeling uneasy and eventually fell unconscious, said the police. She was rushed to a nearby private hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead, said the police.

Police are yet to confirm the cause of Aanchal’s death and are waiting for the post-mortem report.

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“After we received an alert from the private hospital where she was declared dead, we were told that that the girl was on a crash diet and had not eaten anything for several hours. Preliminary tests showed that her stomach and intestines were completely clean,” said Deepak Saharan, deputy commissioner of police (east).

Exhaustion could also be the reason behind Aanchal’s death as she had collapsed at the concert after dancing for over three hours, said the police. The concert was also crowded, they said.

“While seeking a no-objection certificate for the event, the organisers had said they expected a crowd of about 5,000. But nearly 8,000-10,000 people turned up for the concert. The venue was crowded,” said Saharan.

“We have sought CCTV footage and video recordings from the venue to ensure there was no foul play. The body was handed over to the family on Monday after a post-mortem examination and they have refused to pursue a case,” he added.

Aanchal’s viscera samples and other swabs will be sent to the forensic science laboratory in Karnal for further tests, said the police.
Officials from Viacom, the banner company, have claimed that all requisite security measures were taken and adequate arrangements were made at the venue.

“While most of the tickets were bought online, we made it clear, under our ‘terms and conditions’, that only those above 25 years of age would be allowed. With every ticket, we gave a legal drinking age band, so those at the drinks counter knew who they were serving the liquor to. This is an unfortunate incident,” said an official from Viacom. A fire brigade engine, an ambulance, a medical room and medical practitioners were deployed at the venue, he claimed.

Aanchal’s family said she was a healthy woman with no history of medical problems.

“She was not a frequent party-goer and this was the first such concert she was attending. Her parents told her to be careful, but allowed her to go. This was unexpected,” said Somesh Arora, a family friend.

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