Kids Garden School in Jharia where the youths were injured on Thursday during a reality TV audition. (Gautam Dey)
Three friends got injured, two seriously, when their stunt show went horribly wrong during the Dhanbad leg of auditions for a daredevil reality TV show on Thursday morning.
Dhanbad resident Bablu Kumar (24) and his friends from Bengal’s Asansol — Devdas Bauri (22) and Shankar Sharma (20) — were attempting a rope pulley slide from a three-storey building to impress the crew of Shabaash India, a show on Zee TV, when they fell from a height of 25 feet.
Eyewitnesses at the venue — Kids Garden School on Katras Road, Jharia — said Bablu held the rope while Devdas and Shankar clung to each of his shoulders.
In front of hundreds of shocked onlookers, Bablu suddenly lost grip of the rope. All three fell headlong, which might have proved fatal for the trio but for sand cushioning their hard landing.
The accident occurred around 11.30am, before which around 10 teams had performed their stunts. As Bablu lost his grip and the three fell headlong, the cheers turned into groans within seconds.
All three were rushed to the nearest nursing home at Jharia. Shankar, who received head injuries, was referred to BCCL’s Central Hospital, Dhanbad, while Bablu, whose right leg was fractured, was admitted to a private orthopaedic clinic. Devdas, who received bruises, was kept at the Jharia nursing home.
Doctors said Shankar was “serious though not critical”.
The trio, friends and karate enthusiasts, had individually performed the same stunt with success, but their luck ran out when they coordinated together.
“It was a horrifying sight. Thank god the organisers had scattered sand on the ground,” said a teacher of the cradle.
Local show coordinator Tiger S.N.T. Lee said simultaneous auditions were on in over two dozen Indian cities.
“Every participant has to sign a bond to the effect that the channel won’t be held responsible for any accident,” Lee said.
Over 100 aspirants from Jharkhand and Bengal had come for the audition, he added.
“Stunts are devised by participants. The channel or organisers have no role in this regard,” he stressed.
School principal J.K. Sinha said: “We just gave space for auditions on the channel’s request.”
Jharia police station OC Srikant Upadhyay said the kin of the injured had not lodged any complaint.