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IndiaVaranasi stampede: 24 killed, CM Akhilesh Yadav orders high-level probe

Varanasi stampede: 24 killed, CM Akhilesh Yadav orders high-level probe

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One man died of suffocation because of the surging crowds, which led to a commotion. Rumours that the bridge had collapsed fueled more chaos, Uttar Pradesh DGP Javeed Ahmed said.

At least 24 people were killed and 60 injured in a stampede at Rajghat bridge on the border of Varanasi and Chandauli where a large number of people had gathered for a religious event this afternoon.

The incident took place when thousands of followers of religious leader Jai Gurudev were on their way to Domri village on the banks of the Ganga to take part in the two-day camp, police said.  The stampede broke out when thousands of devotees tried to cross the bridge at once.

One man died of suffocation because of the surging crowds, which led to a commotion. Rumours that the bridge had collapsed fueled more chaos, Uttar Pradesh DGP Javeed Ahmed said.

Rajghat bridge falls between Varanasi and Chandauli, where a large number of people had gathered for a religious event this afternoon.

Here are the latest updates:
  1. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered a high-level probe into Varanasi stampede.
  2. The Varanasi administration has issued a helpline number for information related to stampede — 2508464
  3. Uttar Pradesh government has sanctioned ex-gratia Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in the stampede.
  4. Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary (Home) Debashish Panda and DGP Javeed Ahmed to reach Varanasi around 8.00 pm to take stock of situation.
  5. Government as well as private hospital have been given orders to give proper treatment to the injured persons.
  6. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed grief at the loss of lives in a stampede in Varanasi, his Lok Sabha constituency, and announced an ex- gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of those killed.

“They (organisers) had sought permission for 5,000 people but many more people reached and joined the procession. We are investigating crowd management and will take action against those responsible,” he said.

“There was a lot of chaos, all of us were pushed and shoved. Many people have died including my mother,” said an eyewitness.

Ambulances with hooting sirens and red and blue lights flashing were seen making repeated trips to state-run district hospitals in Varanasi and Chandauli to ferry those seriously injured even as some gasping for breath, anxiously waiting for their turn to be evacuated.

EERIE SILENCE DESCENDS ON PILGRIM CITY VARANASI

An eerie silence descended on the pilgrim town of Varanasi with the bridge over the Ganga linking it to Chandauli bearing tell-tale signs of a major stampede this morning.

Heaps of footwear and other belongings lay scattered as people ran berserk on rumours that the bridge was about to collapse under the weight of devotees crossing it to participate in a religious event.

PROBE ORDERED

An inquiry will be instituted to find out the cause of the stampede, said a government official.

Senior officials of police and administration have rushed to the spot to carry out relief and rescue measures.

Meanwhile, a government spokesman in Lucknow said that the situation in Chandauli was being monitored and all necessary measures were being taken.

PM CONDOLES DEATHS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives in the mishap.

  Deeply saddened by the loss of lives in the stampede in Varanasi. Condolences to the bereaved families. Prayers with those injured: PM Modi

 

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