At least two Govinda’s died and over 190 injured in Dahi-Handi related incidents while forming human pyramids on the eve of Janmashtami- a festival celebrated with fervour across Maharashtra.
In Palghar, the 21-year-old Govinda died after he suffered an epileptic attack during the celebrations, while in Airoli, the 34-year-old victim died of electrocution.
The deceased in Palghar was identified as Rohan Kini, police said adding, "He was a part of a human pyramid. He got down from the pyramid after breaking the Handi. But soon afterwards, he suffered an epileptic attack and he died while being taken to a hospital in Palghar around 6.30 pm."
The victim in Airoli was identified as Jayesh Sarle, police said.
"The incident took place at a Dahi Handi event organised at a school ground in Airoli around 6.30 pm. Jayesh, who was also a Govinda, was standing near the gate of the venue when he came in contact with a live wire," said a police official.
Across Maharashtra, as many as 197 Govindas suffered injuries during the celebrations, 117 among them in were from Mumbai, civic officials said.
A statement issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said, "By 9 pm, as many as 117 Govindas were reported to have received injuries while celebrating Dahi handi at different locations of the city."
Across Maharashtra, 'Govinda' troupes compete to form multi-tier pyramids and break pitchers of curd and buttermilk tied high above the ground on this day.
(With PTI Inputs)