Govinda’s death: Proper safety measures not followed; helmet could have saved him, say kin

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Hours after completing his last rites on Tuesday, family members of Sandesh Dalvi, 24, a Govinda who died after falling from the fifth tier (around 25 feet height) of a human pyramid during a Dahi Handi event in Vile Parle (east) last week, told the Indian Express that his life could have been saved if the authorities had followed adequate safety measures.

“The organisers should have followed all safety measures. A helmet could have saved his life!” Dalvi’s brother Yogesh said.

The incident took place around 8.30pm in Bamanwada last Friday when Shivshambho Govind Pathak group from Chemburkarwadi was attempting a six-tier human pyramid at a Dahi Handi event organised by Riyaz Shaikh, 36, a local leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Shaikh was arrested by Vile Parle police on Tuesday on charges of causing death due to negligence; he was later granted bail.

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