Relatives mourn Bangalore bungee jumper

April 12th, 2009 - 9:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai/Bangalore, April 12 (IANS) Relatives of V. Bhargav, 25, who died in a bungee jump mishap mourned his death Sunday and recalled that the victim had returned to his roots from Hong Kong a fortnight ago “only to die prematurely”.
“Bhargav was hardly the adventurous type as he used to drive on the roads here carefully. It is difficult to believe that the well-behaved quiet lad is now dead within 15 days of his return from a job in Hong Kong,” Savitri Ammal, his aunt told IANS amidst tears.

“Television reports said that the Bangalore club did not have the licence to conduct the sport and an organiser has been arrested. No matter how many are prosecuted, Bhargav will not come back alive. Why don’t the police take precautionary measures against illegal and dangerous adventure sports?” S. Srinivasan, the victim’s uncle asked.

Bhargav succumbed to multiple injuries Saturday after plunging from a height of 150 feet when the safety belt attached to the string snapped during a reverse bungee jump.

Sachin Venkateshaiah, who runs Head Rush Bungee, a Bangalore-based adventure sports company, which conducted the event along with Centre for Adventure and Rejuvenation of Environment (CARE) was being interrogated after being granted police custody, reports said earlier.

Bungee jumping is an adventure activity that involves jumping from a tall structure while connected to a large elastic cord attached to the ankles. Clubs charge betwen Rs.800 to Rs.1200 per jump for facilities that do not exist, as Bhargav’s case showed. Initial investigation reports said the club did not even have first aid box.

According to Bangalore Rural Superintendent of Police B.A. Mahesh, cases have been booked against CARE and Head Rush under section 304 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for negligence and violating safety norms in organising the event.

“The adventure club does not have licence to conduct bungee jumping. It did not seek our permission by applying for no-objection certificate. We are investigating the case to find out how the event was organised and who is responsible for the mishap,” Mahesh had told IANS in Bangalore earlier.

A hunt is on for absconding CARE head Sheshadhri, police sources said.

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