At least 19 killed in stampede near Varanasi, PM Modi announces Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia

The incident took place during Baba Jai Gurudev's sabha in Varanasi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 15, 2016 5:08 pm
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At least 19 people were killed in a stampede at Rajghat bridge between Varanasi and Chandauli on Saturday afternoon, according to news agency ANI. The incident took place when thousands of followers of religious leader Jai Gurudev were on their way to Domri village on the banks of Ganga to take part in the two-day camp, police said. 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 is being monitored and all necessary measures were being taken. An inquiry will be instituted to find out the cause of the stampede, he said.

Visuals from the hospital. (Source: ANI) Visuals from the hospital. (Source: ANI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is also a local MP from Varanasi, expressed sadness at the loss of lives. In a statement, Modi said, “Deeply saddened by the loss of lives in the stampede in Varanasi. Condolences to the bereaved families. Prayers with those injured.” He further added, “I have spoken to officials & asked them to ensure all possible help to those affected due to the stampede in Varanasi.” The prime minister also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to next of kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 to those injured.

READ: PM Narendra Modi expresses grief over loss of lives

Varanasi is PM Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency since 2014.

In the meantime, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has also announced Rs 2 lakhs each for kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 each for the critically injured. Uttar Pradesh IG (Law and Order) Hari Ram Sharma said: “19 casualties-14 females  and 5 males. Two injured women are being treated in hospital.” Sharma added that the incident will be probed as to who is responsible, arrangements for crowd control and the lapses.

The incident took place as people were brought for the camp in large numbers whereas permission was taken for a
limited number of people, ADG (law and order) Daljit Chaudhary said in Lucknow. “One person died of suffocation because of the surging crowd on the narrow bridge. This led to rumours which resulted in the stampede,” Chaudhary said, adding that the number of casualties could go up.

Eyewitnesses ANI spoke to said, “There was a lot of chaos, even we were pushed. Many people have died including my mother.”

The eyewitness who lost his mother.

This is a developing story. Further details are awaited.

(With inputs from ANI)

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    Pak Army
    Oct 15, 2016 at 11:56 am
    Very sad but stan is responsible for that incident
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      Sreenivasan
      Oct 15, 2016 at 11:18 am
      Government should see that people coming to any such places can hold them or else control the crowd in such a way they are not killed in stampedes. Mere expressing of grief does not serve any purpose. Stop the people thronging dangerously to places like this. This is not the first time such incidents happening in our country. Why cant the government regulate such events ?
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        Sreenivasan
        Oct 15, 2016 at 11:13 am
        Rs. 2 lakh only? Family of Dadri Lynching Case accused was given Rs.25 lakhs. Why we need such governments?
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          Ashok Mazumdar
          Oct 15, 2016 at 12:37 pm
          2 Pune run away Fidaayns must hv don it. The Pak terrorist s.
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            Ashok Mazumdar
            Oct 15, 2016 at 12:30 pm
            And the accused in jail , who died (Ravi) in Dadri Jail was given Rs.1 crore by Mullah Mulayam. PM sd intervene and pay Rs.2 cr.to each to victims. Mauka pe Chauka
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              Ashok Mazumdar
              Oct 15, 2016 at 12:27 pm
              For Whom This Sarcastic Comment. Pl explain.
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                Nandu K.
                Oct 15, 2016 at 11:33 am
                Firstly, in such narrow streets, district Magistrate should given any permission to GURUS and SADHUS or for that matter discourses. The Government Officials undermine the General Public which comes from all corners of the City to listen irrespective of the place it is organized. To cover up the mistakes or bers, the Government steps in with OPEN Bag and distribute money like Sweets. When are we going to learn and general public doesn't think of consequences but blame the Organizars eventually. God bless us.
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                Shailesh Singh
                Oct 15, 2016 at 10:55 am
                I won't be surprised if there was no ISI hand in this. See around things are changing a lot of these incidence keep occuring after Wani - Uri - Surgical Strike - Baramulla - Pampore - etc - etc.
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