The Dahi Handi celebrations in Mumbai on Monday left one Govinda dead and 202 Govindas injured, of which 22 are still being treated in various civic-run hospitals.
Ravindra Ambekar (46), a Govinda from Sai Sadan mandal in Lalbaug, succumbed to a heart attack in Thane when the Govindas were dancing to loud music. According to an officer from the Thane police control room, his body was taken to Thane civil hospital for post-mortem.
While 19 Govindas were injured in Thane, the maximum number of injuries were reported from areas around Dadar and Worli.
KEM hospital received 35 patients of which 11 were admitted in the orthopaedic department with fractures. Dr Milind Salve, deputy dean at the hospital, said, “By evening, 35 injured Govindas were brought here, but only a few required admission. None of them are critically injured.”
According to Dr Avinash Supe, dean at the Sion hospital, the most common injuries sustained during Dahi Handi celebrations were fractures and spinal injuries.
While the civic body has been providing free treatment to injured Govindas every year, it created a special stamp this year saying “Made free for Dahi Handi”, to be stamped on the hospital receipts of all injured Govindas.
“This stamp helps the injured know that the treatment will be free of cost. The receipts will also help hospital administration in maintaining a record of admissions due to Dahi Handi injuries,” said
Dr Aseem Parekh, acting dean at Nair hospital.
Last year, two Govindas had died while 365 were injured.