Mumbai: Distracted by India's win over Pak, teen falls to death in lift shaft

The 16-year-old was celebrating the win when he stepped into the elevator shaft without realising the lift car wasn’t on his floor; he fell four floors and suffered severe head injuries

While the entire nation was rejoicing over India’s triumph against Pakistan in yesterday’s World Cup cricket match, the excitement resulted in the death of a 16-year-old college student in Santacruz (West), after he fell four floors down the lift shaft in his building.

According to the police, the teenager, Farukh Vadgujar, was watching the India-Pakistan match with his family and friends at his fourth-floor residence at Milap Apartments near Milan subway. When Team India won, the gathering erupted in celebration.


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Around 6 pm, he decided to step out of the building for a while and went to the elevator. Still distracted by the victory, however, he failed to notice that the lift car was missing and stepped into the empty elevator shaft, falling four storeys.

His family and friends raised an alarm when they found what had happened, but they saw that he had suffered major head injuries and blood loss. They rushed him to Nanavati hospital, but he was declared dead.

Senior Police Inspector Padmakar Chavan from Santacruz police station confirmed the incident and said, “The 16 year-old died accidentally. After the incident came to light, the youth was taken to the nearby Nanavati Hospital, but he was declared dead before admission. On the basis of preliminary investigation, we registered an accidental death report (ADR) and are conducting further probe.”

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