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PM Modi’s Varanasi visit — Differently abled youth dies while returning from camp

The deceased, identified as Prakash Patel, was a resident of Varanasi’s Rohaniya area.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Varanasi | Updated: January 23, 2016 3:49:11 am

AFTER RECEIVING a tricycle at the ‘Samajik Adhikar Shivir’ held at DLW Sports ground in Varanasi on Friday, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief guest, a 22-year old different abled youth died while returning home with his father.

The deceased, identified as Prakash Patel, was a resident of Bhawanipur locality in Varanasi’s Rohaniya area. Manduadeeh police Station Officer Fareed Ahmed said the postmortem examination has been conducted at BHU but the report is yet to arrive. His father has said Prakash probably died from cold, said police.

Prakash had come to the camp in the morning with his father Raj Kumar. “While the district administration had made arrangements to ferry the beneficiaries to the ground and later drop them to their destinations, Prakash had opted to return home on the tricycle as his house was barely 400 metres from the venue,” the SO said, adding that the youth had also collected his lunch packet from the camp.

On way to home at Chitaipur Road, Prakash complained of abdominal pain and soon fainted. His father informed the police on ‘100’ emergency helpline number. “When I reached the spot, Prakash was already dead. He was taken to BHU where the postmortem examination was conducted,” said Ahmed.

Raj Kumar told police Prakash was not keeping well for the past few days and probably died of cold, as he had taken a bath early morning before leaving for the event. He was sitting in the open like other 9,000 beneficiaries. He has requested for financial help from the district administration, police said.

When contacted, Varanasi ADM (City) Vidhyawasini Rai said: “It was a natural death but postmortem report is yet to arrive… then only can we pinpoint the exact cause of death. The administration will consider providing financial relief to the victim’s family depending upon the report.”

Earlier in the day, a bus carrying differently abled people to the DLW ground had rammed into a pole in Kapsethi area. Nearly 45 people, including 28 differently abled, sustained injuries in the incident. The PM later expressed regret over the accident and announced that the government will pay for the treatment of the injured.

On July 16, 2016, Modi had cancelled his Varanasi visit after the death of a labourer due to electrocution at the stage of DLW ground, from where the PM was to lay the foundation stones of several development projects.

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