24-yr-old model dies, another injured as lighting truss falls during ramp walk at fashion show

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June 12, 2023

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Noida, June 12: A 24-year-old woman died after a lighting truss allegedly collapsed and fell on her head, while a man sustained injuries, during a fashion show at a studio in Noida’s Film City Sunday.

The deceased has been identified as Vanshika Chopra, a resident of Gaur City-2 in Greater Noida. According to police, Vanshika was among the volunteer promoters who attended the event. Another volunteer of the fashion show, Bobby Raj, a resident of Agra, sustained injuries in the incident.

“The fashion show was underway and the woman was standing next to the stage, when the lighting truss fell on her head, due to which she died,” said a police officer.

Police said the organiser of the fashion show and those who installed the lighting truss are being questioned.

Additional Deputy commissioner of Police (Noida) Shakti Awasthy said four suspects have been detained for questioning. “Further legal action will be taken after the enquiry,” he said.

Police in a statement said, “Today around 1.30 pm, a fashion show was being organised in a studio at Film City under Sector 20 police station… Vanshika Chopra died and Bobby Raj was injured due to the collapse of lighting truss. The body has been sent for postmortem. The injured person is undergoing treatment at Kailash Hospital in Sector 27.”

A police officer said that the woman’s brother filed a complaint, based on which they have lodged an FIR under IPC section 304A (causing death by negligence) against unknown persons. “The woman’s brother has filed a complaint against the management of the studio, where this show was organised. We will investigate the matter and name the persons responsible in the FIR,” said the officer.

Police said there were around 150 people in the studio when the show was being organised. “It was a normal fashion show and aspiring models were invited to take part. There was no CCTV in the room, so we are trying to get videos from those who were present at the programme,” said an officer.

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June 11,2024

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Bengaluru: A court in Bengaluru has remanded Kannada actor Darshan Thoogudeepa, his long-time friend Pavithra Gowda and 11 others to six days of police custody in connection with the murder of a man from Chitradurga. 

Darshan, 47, an A-lister of Kannada cinema, is accused of orchestrating the kidnapping and murder of 33-year-old Renukaswamy, who allegedly posted lewd messages about Pavithra on Instagram. 

A team of Kamakshipalya police from Bengaluru apprehended Darshan at the Radisson Blu Plaza hotel in Mysuru, his hometown, around 8:30 am on Tuesday. He was subsequently brought to Bengaluru and taken to Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital for a medical examination. 

By the evening, Darshan, Pavithra and the 11 other suspects were presented before the 24th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court on Nrupathunga Road. The court granted the police's request to interrogate them in custody for six days. 

Renukaswamy’s body was discovered in a drain near an apartment complex in northwestern Bengaluru's Sumanahalli on the morning of June 9. The following day, four suspects surrendered to the police, claiming they murdered Renukaswamy over a financial dispute. 

Police sources told DH that Renukaswamy was brought from Chitradurga to Bengaluru on June 8, put up in a shed in RR Nagar owned by one of the suspects, and severely beaten. He sustained fatal injuries to his groin and at least 10 other places. His body was then transported approximately 12 km to Sumanahalli, in northwestern Bengaluru, and discarded in a drain. 

As the police dug deeper, a larger conspiracy surrounding the murder was uncovered, leading to suspicion falling on Darshan, the sources explained. 

"We have taken him (Darshan) into custody for the murder of a man named Renukaswamy. The case has been registered at the Kamakshipalya police station," S Girish, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West), said.

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