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Mystery shrouds Ggn girl’s death as cops await post-mortem report

Two days after a 23-year-old girl from Delhi died on Sunday while dancing at a crowded concert of American <g data-gr-id="58">artiste</g> Skrillex in Gurgaon, the city police are not confirming the exact reason for her death and are awaiting the post-mortem report. However, police have rubbished reports that the fashion-designer graduate died of “suffocation”.

“After we received an alert from the private hospital where she was declared dead, we were told that the girl was on a crash diet and had not eaten or drank for several hours. Preliminary tests showed that her stomach and intestines were completely clean,” said Deepak Saharan, DCP (East).

However, officials also said that “exhaustion” could be a reason as the girl danced for over three hours after which she collapsed. The deceased, Aanchal Arora, according to the cops, started feeling uneasy at around 11 pm — after the event got over and fell unconscious. “Aanchal was rushed to a nearby private hospital by around 10 of her friends in one of their cars, where doctors declared her brought dead,” police said. 

According to the hospital officials, she was brought to the hospital with a flat line, which means no pulse rate. Doctors administered CPR, but she could not be revived and was finally declared dead at around 11.20 pm.

The cops claimed that they had done their part. According to Saharan, heavy checking and frisking <g data-gr-id="44">was</g> done and two reserve force units were also stationed at the venue. The organisers should have deployed its own security to restrict entry of people to the venue, he added.

According to information received, Aanchal was an aspiring fashion designer and an alumnus of Pearl Academy (Delhi). Sources also said Ashima, a friend of Aanchal, also felt unconscious as she was traumatised after seeing the body of her friend (Aanchal).

The family was too much in shock to comment on this issue. They just want to know the reason behind the death and have not planned on taking any legal action as such.

“While seeking an NOC for the event, the organisers had said they expected a crowd of about 5,000. But, nearly 8,000-10,000 people turned up for the concert. The venue was congested,” Saharan said.

 “We have asked the team to get CCTV and video recordings from the venue to ensure there was no foul play and there was certainly no use of drugs and narcotics. The body was handed over to the family on Monday after a post-mortem examination and they have refused to pursue the case,” he added. Police said the viscera and swabs will be sent to Madhuban Forensic Science Laboratory, Karnal, for further tests.

On the other hand, officials from the banner company Viacom have said all security measures were taken and adequate arrangements were made to handle any such incident. The official also claimed that a fire brigade, ambulance, medical room and medical practitioners were stationed at the venue.

After the incident, the Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner issued orders stating event organisers will have to arrange for a bank guarantee (the amount will be specified later) before seeking permission for any event in which liquor will be served. “If any event is found flouting the rules, the bank guarantee will be forfeited and stringent action will be taken against the organisers. We have the video footage which shows the organisers flouting rules” an official of the Gurgaon administration said. The police have registered an FIR against the organisers Clockwork Event Pvt Ltd under the Haryana Excise Act 1914 — who, from the Excise Department had sought a <g data-gr-id="53">one day</g> licence (L-12) for selling liquor at the event. 
Kangana Sachdeva and Kanika Mehta

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