Holi aftermath: 27 injured, four giddy after consuming bhang

Mumbai: Mumbaikars celebrated Holi on Thursday, but the celebration was not entirely without side effects — twenty-seven casualties were reported at the King Edward Memorial (KEM) hospital, with patients complaining of skin irritation, eye injuries and so on, walking into the casualty ward until Thursday evening. Mostly, people complained of eye irritation due to Holi colours, while 18 had sustained minor injuries, but no one was hospitalised.

However, the number of those affected this year was just over half of the number of casualties recorded last year — 52 According to hospital authorities, four people complained of giddiness due to consumption of bhang (cannabis leaves). The ingestion of bhang induces psychosis and fluctuating heart rates. One person suffered gluteal burns, while 21 sustained injuries to their limbs, face and head.

12 male injured were reported in Gokuldas Tejpal hospital with minor injuries, three male patients reported in Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy (JJ) hospital”, said Dr Sanjay Surase, dean, the JJ Group of Hospitals. While Nair hospital saw 13 people coming for check-up after Holi celebrations.

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