A bungee-jumping instructor performing at the opening of a swanky new mall here on Saturday fell 50 feet to his death after an equipment snag as a horrified audience looked on.
The inauguration of the Great Adventure Mall was further marred by another accident that left Bollywood actress Sayali Bhagat with a fractured hand after a car stunt went wrong.
Shailendra Kumar Bisht, 26, was rappelling down the outer glass walls of the mall when his hands slipped from the rope near the seventh floor.
Those who saw him hurtle to his death said there were no security measures in place.
"He failed to notice the rope was tied at the top and was short of the ground by 30-40 feet. As he rappelled down, his hands slipped when the rope ended midway," said Manish Singhal, CEO of Tourism Worx, the company that runs adventure sports activities at the mall.
Bisht was on his second jump, having done the first one safely.
An initial investigation by the police found the mall didn't have the basic security provisions for this kind of adventure sports.
There were no ambulances, safety nets, first aid or paramedics, officers said. The police have registered an FIR against the organisers of the event for not taking permission for the adventure sports.
However, the mall management said in a statement: "All adventure activities were performed by experts with adequate safety measures and precautions. However, we have no control over fate."
It added that due to the tragedy, all adventure and entertainment activities were being cancelled.
According to his colleagues, Bisht was an expert, having trained at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi.
Bhagat suffered a hairline fracture when the all-terrain vehicle she was riding overturned. She was hospitalised and is out of danger, the police said.