Holi: Miscreants splash chilli powder; 1 dead, 7 injured

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Holi Tragedy
Mumbai, March 26: For 8 commuters in the city, the Festival of Colours turned tragic, when miscreants threw a foreign substance, likely to be chilli powder on them on a Thane bound local train. The incident took place between Sion and Kurla stations.

While one person died on the spot, 7 others who have been injured are recovering in hospital. However, 2 of them are said to be in a critical state.

Incidentally, this took place soon after an announcement from the Railway Police Commissioner was made that they would 'nab hooligans who throw balloons and colours on commuters'.

26 year old Nithyanand, a marine engineer from Tamil Nadu who was with his friends, fell off the train when the miscreants threw chilli powder. "His friends said coloured powder entered their eyes while they stood at the door. They lost balance and fell on the tracks," said Mukesh Nigam, divisional railway manager, central railway.

Deepak and Srinivas, both 30 also fell on the tracks and are in hospital suffering from severe head inujuries. "They have been admitted to the ICU," said Dr Rajiv Singh, medical officer at the BMC-run Sion Hospital.

"I was standing when a powdered substance entered my eyes. It was the same with many other passengers who then fell on me," said Bhandup resident Dinesh More, 27, who injured his right wrist.

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