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Maharashtra award event tragedy: 11 die due to heat stroke; Eknath Shinde visits hospital | 10 points

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The Maharashtra Bhushan award event was held in Kharghar area in Raigad district neighbouring Mumbai and was attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah among others.

Mumbai: The ‘Maharashtra Bhushan’ award event in Navi Mumbai on Sunday turned tragic after at least 11 people died while 20 others were admitted to hospital as they suffered heat stroke during the ceremony. The function, attended by lakhs, was held in an open ground.

The Bhushan award event was held in Kharghar area in Raigad district neighbouring Mumbai and was attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah among others. Shah conferred the award on spiritual leader and social reformer Appasaheb Dharmadhikari.

1. At least 11 deaths apparently due to sunstroke have been confirmed, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said in a release on Sunday night.

2. The ground, where the function was held, was packed with people and equipped with audio and video facilities for followers of Shree Sadasya (Dharmadhikari’s organisation) to witness the function. The seating arrangement for the audience, however, had no shed over it.

3. According to police, some patients are on ventilator support at hospitals in Navi Mumbai and Panvel city and their condition is being monitored.

4. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of the deceased.”Medical treatment of the people under treatment due to sunstroke will be free. The state will pay from its coffers for their treatment,” he said.

5. The award event was attended by Shah, Shinde, his deputy Devendra Fadnavis and Union minister Kapil Patil among MLAs, MLCs and ministers.

6. Eknath Shinde visited a hospital where people who suffered sunstroke were undergoing treatment.

7. Shiv Sena leaders (UBT) Uddhav Thackeray, Aaditya Thackeray and NCP leader Ajit Pawar met people who were undergoing treatment in MGM Kamothe Hospital.

8. Uddhav Thackeray alleged that the event was not planned properly. “We have met the people who are undergoing treatment, interacted with 4-5, two among them are in critical condition. The event was not planned properly. Who will investigate this incident?” he asked.

9. Maharashtra Leader of Opposition and NCP leader Ajit Pawar demanded a probe into the incident. “We saw that one patient is on ventilator and his condition is serious. Rest of them spoke to us……this is a very serious incident…there must be a probe into this,” he said.

10. Devendra Fadnavis tweeted the government will pay for treatment of those who suffered heat-related illness. “It is very unfortunate and painful that some members participating in the Maharashtra Bhushan award ceremony this morning died due to heat stroke… We share the grief of their families,” he said in Marathi.

Source : Times Now

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