Skrillex concert organisers booked for death of girl

  • Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Oct 19, 2015 08:46 IST
A 23-year-old woman died at the venue of the Skrillex concert in Gurgaon. (Parvesh Bharti/ HT Photo)

The organisers of an international musician’s concert held in Gurgaon recently were booked for causing death due to negligence of a 23-year-old woman at the event.

A case of causing death due to negligence was registered against the management of Clockwork Events Private Limited, Mumbai, organisers of the concert of Skrillex which took place on October 11 at Leisure Valley Grounds.

“The organisers have been booked for causing death due to negligence as there was an overcrowding at the event. The organisers had accommodated more people than they had permission for, which caused suffocation and other problems for the audience. The woman also died due to the heavy footfall and suffocation,” said assistant sub-inspector and investigating officer of Sector 29 police station Kanwar Singh.

During the concert, a young woman from Delhi, identified as Aanchal Arora, collapsed while dancing. She was rushed to a private hospital, where she was declared brought dead. The post mortem report revealed that the woman died of suffocation, but ruled out the use of drugs or alcohol. She was a resident of Pitampura in Delhi.

Gurgaon civil hospital forensic expert Dr Deepak Mathur, who conducted the post mortem, said it was a case of vasovagal attack — a disorder that causes a rapid drop in heart rate and blood pressure, resulting in decreased blood flow to the brain and fainting. The attack, a common cause of fainting, happens due to suffocation.

The organisers were earlier also booked for violating the excise norms and serving liquor to under aged people during the concert.

The fiasco at the Skrillex event was a repeat of similar events that unfolded during a concert by heavy metal band Metallica that was cancelled due to overcrowding.

It was also scheduled to be held at Leisure Valley Ground in Gurgaon but things got out of hand when over 25,000 people turned up against the expected 10,000. Due to mismanagement, the concert was cancelled at the last moment. The crowd did not take it kindly and went on a rampage. The administration initiated an inquiry and the organisers were booked on the charges of cheating and breach of trust.

Several other such events have also met the same fate in Gurgaon in the recent past.

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