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11 Die In An Award Ceremony Organised By The Government Of Maharashtra

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At least 11 people lost their lives and 10 others were hospitalized due to heat stroke at a government award ceremony organized by the Government of Maharashtra. The Maharashtra Bhushan award ceremony was held in the Kharghar region of Navi Mumbai and was attended by over a thousand people, including Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Eknath Shinde.

According to a report by ANI, those who suffered heat stroke were immediately taken to the TATA Hospital in Kharghar for medical assistance. The ceremony was held on Sunday, when Navi Mumbai recorded a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius, and it was held in an open ground with no roof available.

Packed ground, no shed: 7 killed, over 120 suffer heatstroke at Maharashtra award event - India Today

Visuals from the Award Ceremony : Credits – India Today

Social activist Appasaheb Dharmadhikari was felicitated at the event, but the celebration was overshadowed by the tragic incident. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde announced a compensation of Rs. 5,00,000 for the families of the deceased and ensured proper treatment for those still hospitalized.

“This is a case of sunstroke. Some 50 people were admitted to the hospital, of which 24 are still there while the rest have been discharged after primary treatment,” said Eknath Shinde to reporters.


Credits – ANI

Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis expressed his condolences in a tweet, saying, “It is very unfortunate and painful that some members participating in the Maharashtra Bhushan award ceremony this morning died due to heatstroke… We share the grief of their families.”


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