Dussehra was a busy day for doctors at the civil hospital,especially the ones doing night duties. Against the normal 20-25 medico-legal cases which come in a day,the number had increased to 40 on Sunday. Around 90% of the cases came after 6 pm when the effigies were burnt.
Last night,there came about double the number of cases which we normally get in a day. I had deputed two doctors. However,the
number of cases was much less as compared to what we get on Holi where such cases cross even 200 mark, said Dr R P Karkara,SMO,Civil Hospital.
Dr Karkara said in the majority of the cases,people had fought with each other after consuming liquor.
Brawls broke out at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar area near the jhuggis. About six people suffered injuries.
Apart from this,patients came from areas like Jamalpur and Giaspura as well.
Though sound and air pollution was the norm during Dussehra celebrations in the city,a few committees had realised the need to control the level of pollution. At Rajguru Nagar,though an elaborate mela was organised,the number of crackers in the effigies had been reduced as compared to last year. Moreover,the crackers had less sound. Gurinderpal Singh Pappu,a SAD leader of the area,said,This year were realised that we need to reduce the number of crackers. Last year,there was panic among the people when the effigies had fallen. So we were cautious this time.
At Aggar Nagar,this year the cracker show had been reduced to five-minute duration against 20 minutes last year. Shiv Mittal,from co-operative society,said,This year,we used minimum crackers in the effigies as well. We reduced our budget on crackers this year.
At Sarabha Nagar,the effigies came down soon because of the minimum number of crackers inside them.
At Urban Estate Phase-1 and phase 2 as well,the number of crackers had been reduced,according to the Ramlila committees.
The number of crackers was reduced to half at the historic Dussehra Mela Ground,said Dr Ravinder Vatsayan,who had been watching this mela for over 20 years.