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At least 7-8 people died after attending ‘Maharashtra Bhushan’ award event in Navi Mumbai: Eknath Shinde

Maharashtra: Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Sunday informed that around 7-8 persons died after attending the ‘Maharashtra Bhushan’ award event in Navi Mumbai. He claimed that these people lost their lives at hospitals hours after they were exposed to sunlight during the event. At least 24 people are undergoing treatment at a hospital.

Earlier in the day, Union home minister Amit Shah conferred the award on Appasaheb Dharmadhikari at the ceremony held in the Kharghar area in Raigad district neighbouring Mumbai.

Shinde termed the incident “very unfortunate” 

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said. Speaking to reporters on Sunday night, Shinde termed the deaths as “very unfortunate”. “As per the briefing received from doctors, 7-8 people have died today, while some 24 are being treated. This is a case of sunstroke. Some 50 people were admitted to a Navi Mumbai-based hospital of which 24 are still admitted while the rest have been discharged after primary treatment,” he said.

Amit Shah was present at the event 

Union home minister Amit Shah was present at the event to confer the award to Appasaheb Dharmadhikari at an open ground in Kharghar near Mumbai City earlier in the day. The nearest weather station to the spot of the event recorded a maximum temperature of 38 degrees Celsius. Shinde said the kin of the deceased will be given a compensation of Rs 5 lakh.

“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. Lakhs of people had come for the event.