MUMBAI : In a shocking incident, a tribal died on his way to a government hospital in Manor,Palghar on Saturday after a gelatin stick exploded in his hand, while he was about to throw it in Surya river. He and his friend were at the river for "dynamite or blast fishing" wherein gelatin sticks are illegally used to stun or kill the fish in a water source.
Ganesh Raghunath Wanga(23) a labourer from Nagzire village in Manor had gone with his friend to catch some fish in the Surya river for dinner on Saturday evening. Using a gelatin and a detonator, the latter was left in Ganesh's right hand causing a huge blast, ripping of his right hand and some parts of the bomb entered his body,said API Siddhawa Jaybhaye of Manor police station. He was rushed to Platinum Hospital, Vasai but died,as the sharpnels of the bomb entered Wanga's stomach, and other parts and also his intestines had ripped out,she said.
We have registered a case under Section 174 (death under mysterious circumstances) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and have sent the body for post mortem and its report is awaited, she said. Using gelatin sticks for fishing is an illegal activity, and we are probing further, she said.
GELATIN STICKS EASILY PROCURED FROM GUJARAT
Gelatin sticks are used to blast in stone quarries and the owners of stone quarries must get a licence from the State government to purchase such, as gelatin sticks and detonators are covered under the Explosives Act and also under Mines and Minerals Act. However, gelatin sticks are easily smuggled, particularly during night time, from nearby Gujarat and are never accounted for, and are re-sold to tribals to be used in the illegal blasting to net large number of fish,said Hemendra Patil, a social activist from Boisar.