The Navi Mumbai police have initiated a probe into the death of a 14-year-old boy, who was reportedly injured during a dahi-handi pyramid practice.
Kiran Gopal Talekar, a student of a Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) school, died under mysterious circumstances in a Navi Mumbai hospital on Saturday morning, almost a week after the allegedly fall.
On Friday, the Bombay High Court had asked the state to find provisions under which minors could be barred and the lives of govindas could be saved.
An accidental death report was registered at Sanpada police station on Saturday. However, Kiran’s parents told the police that he died of a prolonged illness.
“On Saturday morning, Kiran was rushed to Terna Medical College in Nerul, after he complained of difficulty in breathing. Enroute, he vomited blood and was declared dead on arrival. So far, the boy’s parents have not told us about any fall. They have only told us that he had been unwell for a few days and suddenly vomited on Saturday. Any involvement of Kiran in a Govinda mandal will emerge during investigation,” said Sahaji Umap, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I), Navi Mumbai Police.
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Former NMMC Shiv Sena corporator Somanth Vaskar claimed that Kiran was injured while practicing with friends.
“The boy did not inform his parents about the fall for two days. On July 6, when he had high fever and complained of chest pain, he told his father about the accident,” said Vaskar, who claims to be close to the family.
Though Kiran’s parents first took him to Terna Medical College, Nerul, on July 6, they were asked to refer him to NMMC Hospital in Vashi, as Kiran required immediate intensive care facility.
A call was made by authorities at the Terna Medical College to the NMMC hospital, but the latter cited non-availability of beds, alleged Vaskar. With no money to admit the boy to a private hospital, the Talekars purchased painkillers and took Kiran home, he added.
Umap said Kiran’s parents on Friday took him to the medical college after he had high fever. “They did not admit him there and took him home after an examination,” the officer said.
On Saturday morning, Kiran’s condition worsened. He was rushed to NMMC hospital for an Electro-Cardiography. However, he passed away before any medical intervention could take place, Vaskar said.
Dr Prashant Jawade, hospital’s medical superintendent, said, “At present, we cannot ascertain the reason for the boy’s death. We have now asked to form a histopathology report, after which we will be able to ascertain the cause of the death.”
Family members said the Talekars left for their home town in Karnataka to conduct the final rites.