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Balloon vendor killed in cylinder blast at Kalyan school, 13 hurt

The victim, 52-year-old balloon vendor Ram Prasad, died on the spot. Of those injured, two were shifted to a Mumbai hospital as their injuries were severe

mumbai Updated: Dec 25, 2015 01:02 IST
Sajana Nambiar
The Kolsewadi police station, probing the incident, said they have booked the school management under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
The Kolsewadi police station, probing the incident, said they have booked the school management under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.(Rishikesh Choudhary)

A balloon vendor was killed and at least 13 people, including six students, were injured at a Kalyan school, when a cylinder used to fill up the balloons exploded during an annual sports event on Thursday morning.

The victim, 52-year-old balloon vendor Ram Prasad, died on the spot. Of those injured, two were shifted to a Mumbai hospital as their injuries were severe. The six students are under observation at a private hospital in Dombivli.

“There was a loud explosion around 1.45pm. I immediately ensured the students were sent for treatment. It was a very unfortunate incident, we are doing our best to help students and parents,” said Bharat Malik, chairman of the Arya Gurukul school, where the incident took place.

The Kolsewadi police station, probing the incident, said they have booked the school management under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.

Parents have blamed the school management for negligence. “How can the school employ an outsider when they have planned a festival with such a large crowd?” said a parent, who did not wish to be named. Another parent alleged the school did not respond to his queries promptly. “I came to know about the incident, but was at work in Mumbai. I tried calling the school administration to inquire about my son, but they did not help. I had to rush to the spot. My 4-year-old son is under medication,” said VK Pandey.

Senior PI KN Gethe from the Kolsewadi police station said, “We are investigating and have booked the school for negligence. We have not made any arrests yet.”