Maharashtra Award Event Tragedy: On a scorching Sunday, at least 11 people lost their lives due to dehydration and heatstroke, and several others were hospitalized while attending the Maharashtra Bhushan award ceremony, which was held in an open ground in Navi Mumbai and sponsored by the government.
A statement released by the Maharashtra CMO on Sunday evening stated, "During the Maharashtra Bhushan Award ceremony in Navi Mumbai's Kharghar, 11 individuals have succumbed to heatstroke."
These are the names of the eleven victims who lost their lives due to heatstroke during the Maharashtra Bhushan award ceremony held in Navi Mumbai's Kharghar: Vinayak Haldankar (55), Tulsiram Wangad (58), Mahesh Gaikar (42), Swapnil Kini (30), Jayshree Patil (54), Vandana Patil (62), Manjusha Bombde (51), Savita Pawar (42), Kalawati Vaychal (46), Bhima Salvi (58), and Pushpa Gaikar (64), with origins from various cities across Maharashtra.
These eleven individuals lost their lives due to heatstroke during the Maharashtra Bhushan Award ceremony in Navi Mumbai's Kharghar.
After the tragic incident at the Maharashtra Bhushan Award event, the state's Chief Minister, Eknath Shinde, visited the hospital where several people were undergoing treatment for heatstroke.
The chief minister announced that the families of the deceased would be provided with a compensation of Rs 5 lakh and also ensured proper treatment for those who are admitted.
The Chief Minister further declared that the medical treatment for individuals receiving treatment due to sunstroke would be free, and the state government would bear the expenses.
He instructed officials to transfer patients to specialized hospitals if necessary, for additional treatment.
The Maharashtra Bhushan Award ceremony was organized to honour social activist Dattatreya Narayan, also known as Appasaheb Dharmadhikari, who was bestowed with the award by the Maharashtra government.
The award was presented to him by Union Home Minister Amit Shah. According to a police official who spoke to PTI, a few patients are currently on ventilator support at hospitals in Navi Mumbai and Panvel City, and their condition is being closely monitored.