Sixty-seven persons, most of them children, were injured when a four-foot gallery erected at a State-level jamborette of the Bharat Scouts & Guides, collapsed Thursday evening in Tarlur village near here.

The gallery, occupying an area of around 300 sq. ft, collapsed during the inauguration when a section of students rushed to grab the helium balloons which were released.

There are varying accounts of the number of students on the gallery, with some pegging it as high as 200 and others putting it at a modest 50. About 8,000 students from across the State were present at the camp site, which adjoins the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp.

While 12 were admitted to Jayanagar General Hospital and Victoria Hospital here with minor injuries, others were treated as outpatients. Akash Kumar (13), a Class 9 student of Sandeepani High School, Nagadevanahalli, was admitted for a thigh fracture, while Saraswati (35), a schoolteacher, was admitted for a hip injury.

N. Anand, treasurer of the Bangalore South District Association for Bharat Scouts & Guides, said there was no need to panic, and the event, on till January 12, would continue.

When The Hindu reached the camp site, it was business as usual though a handful of students, accompanied by teachers, were seen leaving the venue after being called back by anxious parents.

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