More than 100 Govindas involved in the formation of human pyramids as part of Dahi Handi celebrations were injured in Mumbai on Thursday, including two who required surgery, according to data from the BMC’s Health Department. The figure of 107, reported at 6 pm, was expected to increase. Last year the initial figures said 111 people had been injured. That figure eventually doubled. One of those injured broke his hip, another his leg. Both required surgery. Despite this, health officials said no one was severely injured in the celebrations; most had sustained minor injuries and bruises.
Of those injured, seven required admission, 18 were discharged and 52 were treated in the outpatient department. At King Edward Memorial (KEM) hospital, a doctor said a child had been brought in with a minor fracture near the wrist. “Other patients with back and neck pain have been admitted for observation. No critical patients are admitted,” the doctor said.
Thirty-one patients were taken to KEM, followed by Poddar (16), Rajawadi (10), Bandra Bhabha (nine), BDBA (nine), Sion (seven), Trauma Care (four), VN Desai (four), three each at staterun JJ, civic-run BYL Nair, RN Cooper and St George’s, two each at Gokuldas Tejpal and Shatabdi hospitals and one each at Veer Savarkar, MT Agrawal and private-run Bombay Hospital. “Most of the injured were treated at OPDs.
However, there are no serious patients at any BMC hospital. The numbers might increase; we will know the exact figure in the next two days,” an official said. This was the year after Covid-19 in 2020 that dahi handi was celebrated in full glory.