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Woman drowns in swimming pool: Gym owner, trainer booked for negligence

Kaur was found dead in the swimming pool after completing two laps on Wednesday evening. She was rushed to Ivy Hospital, Sector 71, where she was declared brought dead.

punjab Updated: Jun 08, 2018 11:54 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Mohali
Woman drowns,Ozi Gym and Spa,booked for negligence
Ozi Gym and Spa, Industrial Area, Phase 8, has suspended operations since the mishap on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

A day after a 54-year-old woman drowned in the indoor swimming pool of Ozi Gym and Spa, Industrial Area, Phase 8, police on Thursday booked the gym owner and trainer for causing death by negligence, and sealed the gym premises.

The case was registered on the complaint of Harminder Singh, husband of the deceased, Gurmeet Kaur, a resident of Sector 70.

Kaur was found dead in the swimming pool after completing two laps on Wednesday evening. She was rushed to Ivy Hospital, Sector 71, where she was declared brought dead. The autopsy was conducted on Thursday, following which Kaur was cremated.

Sources in the police said as per the autopsy, Kaur died due to drowning as water was found in her lungs. However, the detailed autopsy report is awaited.

“How can they let someone train for swimming unsupervised? It is gross negligence on their part,” said Amita Nayyar, the deceased’s daughter who had left for Dubai on Tuesday and returned on Wednesday night after getting information about her mother’s death.

“I had left for Dubai after a vacation in Mohali, but never imagined this was last time I was seeing my mother,” said an inconsolable Amita, who lives with her husband in Dubai. Her two brothers are settled in the US.

The gym management said Kaur was a diabetic, and had joined the gym on May 28 to learn swimming.

“They had taken extra money telling us that my mother is overweight and they had designed a special weight loss plan for her. They are cheating customers by charging hefty amounts and then leaving them unattended,” Amita alleged.

“The CCTV footage shows my mother floating in the 6-foot-deep area for 10 minutes. But no one noticed here. The have deployed untrained persons who are playing with lives,” alleged Amita.

Gym staff said she had a heart attack: Husband

“I got a call from the gym informing me that my wife had been rushed to the hospital as she suffered a heart attack. But on reaching the hospital, the doctor on duty told me she died due to drowning,” said Harminder, while talking to mediapersons.

“Had the trainer been around she would have been alive. A doctor from Fortis hospital, who is a member of the gym, even tried reviving her. But it was too late, as her floating body was noticed only after 10 minutes,” said a distraught Harminder, alleging that the gym management did not inform him about the accident.

“We have booked the owner of the gym, Anil Prashit, and trainer Manjit Singh under Section 304A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code,” said inspector Rajan Parminder Singh, SHO, Phase 1 police station, Mohali.

First Published: Jun 08, 2018 11:54 IST