Dharavi police investigating the cause of the hospitalisation of more than 200 persons many of them children on the day of Holi,on Saturday arrested five people for negligence. According to Quaiser Khalid,Additional Commissioner of Police (East Region),the five are owners of a dye shop,which had been demolished last year,who had negligently left five gunny bags of dye lying outside their house. The children used the dye to play Holi mistaking it for colour,police said.
The five arrested,Abdul Gaffar Siddique (43),a resident of Mahim,Mushtaq Siddique(38),Hayat Mohammad Sheikh (36),Mohram Ali Siddique (42) and Mohammad Shafique Siddique (35) all residents of Lalubhai compound in Mankhurd,were been booked under IPC sections for negligence and endangering lives.
They will be presented in court on Sunday.
Khalid said the five used to buy dye from scrap market and after refining it in illegal huts of Dharavi,sell it to paint manufacturers. Police said last July,the BMC had demolished their shop,allegedly and confiscated material barring five gunny bags filled with dye containing benzene.
It was the responsibility of the five accused to dispose of the material after the demolition. However,the gunny bags were negligently kept lying outside their huts. On Thursday,children spotted the bags and mistook the dye for Holi colour and distributed it in the locality. We have arrested the five primarily for negligence, he said.
According to the police,the reaction started around noon when people returned after playing Holi. The contaminated paint had traces of benzene and other chemicals.
Meanwhile,at Sion Hospital where maximum patients with colour poisoning had been admitted,four patients are currently under observation. One of them is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Meanwhile,12-year-old Ritik Trishul,admitted to KEM,is still battling for life at ICU. Doctors said Ritiks condition is stable but critical and he is still on ventilator support. His medical reports are normal now. However he is still not able to breathe on his own due to the congestion in lungs, said Dr Sanjay Oak,dean,KEM Hospital. A boy admitted to another hospital had died on Thursday night.