A 45-year-old South Korean national, who was attending a paragliding camp at Panchgani, died when his glider crashed in an accident on Tuesday evening.
A Mumbai-based event organiser, Vistas Kharas, has been arrested for allegedly holding the event even after being denied permission for it and not taking adequate safety precautions.
Satara district police have identified the deceased as Sang Taek Oh, who had come to India on a tourist visa to participate in a paragliding camp at Panchgani, a hill station in the Sahyadri mountain ranges in Satara district.
Police said Oh took off from the camp site on a paraglider, but a few minutes later, his glider crashed on a hilly patch in Wai area. He sustained severe injuries and was rushed to a hospital in Wai by a rescue team, where he was declared dead.
Superintendent of Police of Satara, Pankaj Deshmukh, said, “We have registered an offence against the organisers of the event in connection with the incident. As per a 2016 government resolution, every adventure sports activity has to be organised with prior permission from the district sports authority. The organisers had no permission and adequate safety measures were also not taken, which led to the death. We have registered an offence against the organiser and an arrest has been made.”
The event organiser has been booked under Section 304 (A) of the IPC on charges of causing death due to negligence. “The organiser of the event had sought permission from us and we had asked them to furnish a set of documents, as per government rule. However, no documents were submitted and on February 4, we had sent them a letter saying they have been denied permission to hold the event,” said Satara District Sports Officer Yuvraj Naik.
Deshmukh said the body was handed over to the South Korean Embassy and his last rites will be performed in Wai, with consent from his family members.