One dead 200 in hospital after colour poisoning

One dead 200 in hospital after colour poisoning

By: || Updated: 09 Mar 2012 12:19 AM


Mumbai: A 13-year-old
boy died and around 200 people, mostly children, continued to be in
hospital following an allergic reaction from toxic colours on Holi, police
here said Friday. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has ordered
a high-level probe into the incident.

Vikas Valmiki from
Ghatkopar died late Thursday. He was rushed to hospital with severe
symptoms of colour allergy but doctors could do little to save him,
according to an official at the Dharavi police station.

Police
and medical authorities have yet to identify the mystery blue colour that
sparked panic and aborted Holi celebrations in the area Thursday
afternoon.

Municipal Commissioner Subodh Kumar visited the
victims in Sion Hospital Friday.

Chavan has directed that the
report be submitted within a fortnight. The probe panel will be headed by
Medical Education Secretary I.S. Chahal, and will include Maharashtra
Pollution Control Board (MPCB) member Milind Mhaiskar, Food & Drugs
Authority commissioner Mahesh Zagde, Additional Municipal Commissioner
Manisha Mhaiskar and a high-ranking police official.

Holi took a
tragic turn Thursday afternoon when scores of children, mainly from
Dharavi slums, Sion, Ghatkopar and surrounding areas complained of
giddiness, breathlessness, vomiting, burning eyes, dehydration, low oxygen
levels and skin rashes after they had played with or unknowingly consumed
tiny quantities of some unknown colour.

The condition of most
them is reported to be stable, police said.

Preliminary
investigations by the police have revealed that some poor slum kids
reportedly discovered bags of blue colour lying unattended near a garbage
dump in Dharavi.

Police and civic officials had issued warnings
asking people to stay away from cheap and polluted Holi colours.




Toxic
Holi mars celebrations in Dharavi





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