Colour Poisoning Kills a Teen, Around 200 in Hospital


Colour Poisoning Kills a Teen, Around 200 in Hospital

March 9, 2012: On Holi, the use of toxic colours caused an allergic reaction that killed a teen boy aged 13-year and about 200 people, mostly children, are admitted in hospital. Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has ordered for the high-level of investigation to look into the matter.

The teen named Vikas Valmiki from Ghatkoper was rushed to the hospital, but before the doctors could do something to save his life, the boy died. According to an official of Dharavi police station, the boy died late on Thursday with severe symptoms of colour allergy. The police and the medical authorities are still striving hard to identify the mystery blue colour that became the cause of Vikas’ death and also terminated the auspicious celebration of Holi on Thursday in the Dharavi area.

Vikas Valmiki from Ghatkoper

The victims were being visited by Municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar on Friday at the Sion Hospital. Moreover, Chief Minister Chavan has responded quickly to the matter and has asked the probe panel to submit the report of the case within fortnight to him. Medical Education Secretary I.S. Chahal will lead the probe panel that will include Food & Drugs Authority commissioner Mahesh Zagde, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) member Milind Mhaiskar, Additional Municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar and also a high-ranking police official.

The celebrations of Holi was ruined after many children on Thursday afternoon from Dharavi slums, Sion, Ghatkopar and also surrounding areas complained of symptoms of colour allergic reaction such as breathlessness, giddiness, vomiting, dehydration, burning eyes, skin rashes and low oxygen levels after playing or consuming very little quantity of unknown colour. However, police said that the condition of most of the victims of colour allergy is stable now.

In the early investigations by the Police, it has been confirmed that some poor kids from slums discovered bags of blue colour near the garbage dump in Dharavi lying unattended. These bags of blue colour have resulted into such adverse situation on the auspicious festival of Holi. Like every year, police and civic officials keep on issuing warnings asking people to avoid use of cheap and polluted colours on Holi and this year also they had issued such warnings.

We also urge the people to stay away from cheap and polluted colours on Holi in all the years to come.

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