Three killed, several injured in stampede at Mayawati’s rally in Lucknow

Three people were on Sunday killed and at least 12 people injured in a stampede after a massive rally by BSP chief Mayawati at the Kanshi Ram Smarak Maidan.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 9, 2016 8:10 pm
Woman being taken to hospital in an ambulance. ANI photo Woman being taken to hospital in an ambulance. ANI photo

Three people were on Sunday killed and at least 12 people injured in a stampede after a massive rally by BSP chief Mayawati at the Kanshi Ram Smarak Maidan.

“A few people coming down the stairs at one of the two gates lost balance and fell on each other. Shanti Devi (68) of Bijnore and another unidentified woman were killed in the incident due to suffocation,” police said.

Rumours of a live power line having snapped triggered the stampede. The injured have been rushed to a local hospital, a BSP spokesperson said.

Party’s state unit chief Ram Achal Rajbhar, however, said the women died due to humidity and heat.

The BSP workers had gathered in large numbers at the ground on party founder Kanshi Ram’s 10th death anniversary.

In 2002, at least 12 party workers were killed and 22 injured at the Charbagh Railway station after a BSP rally in Lucknow.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced an ex gratia of Rs two lakhs each to the families of those killed in the stampede and issued directions to give proper treatment to the injured. BSP has also announced a solatium of Rs five lakhs each for kin of the deceased.

A BSP spokesman said one of the injured is in a “very serious condition” and has been admitted to a trauma centre.

Asked about the incident, BSP chief Maywati said police failed to make proper arrangements for the rally. She said she has asked her party men to “take proper care of the crowd and ensure that they return home safely”.

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  1. F
    Oct 9, 2016 at 1:06 pm
    Conspiracy hatched by ISI and stan . Option for surgical strikes
    1. T
      Oct 9, 2016 at 10:24 am
      Indian express can make it headlines, but dalits of UP will never switch to brahmanical party BJP. The memory of UNA still haunts them.
      1. C
        Chandrashekhar Deshpande
        Oct 9, 2016 at 11:54 am
        Can Mayavati open her Purse. The purse which is filled with the crores of rupees by giving false amity with the Dalits. In our country people used to lost common sense at the point of Region and Caste. They follow the so called leader in blind faith and they get the results as of today. Is there any proof about the upliftment of Dalit when Mayavati was in Power and or Congress? SP takes the Muslim Have anything good happened to Muslims? Only Gundas get the slice of power and enjoying the life.So it is good the common sense of Dalits and Muslims gets some enlightment otherwise Kayamat ke Din Tak the flock will remian as where they are now and there will be golden statues of Mayavati and Mulayam everywhere in UP.
        1. A
          Oct 9, 2016 at 1:45 pm
          Porki bhag yahan se.
          1. D
            Oct 9, 2016 at 2:39 pm
            curse of Mayavaibai
            1. K
              Khursheed Ahmad
              Oct 9, 2016 at 2:22 pm
              My hearted condolences to deceased familit's. and request bhen ji to pervide financial help to the members of deceased faimly member
              1. S
                Sankaran Krishnan
                Oct 9, 2016 at 10:05 am
                It is a sign that brings ill luck to Mayawati's BSP which will be and end for her political career and be ready to accept it. Hereafter you can't play Dalit politics and cheat the people of UP !!!
                1. M
                  Manohar Sharma
                  Oct 9, 2016 at 11:50 am
                  Khayawati is the most corrupt woman politician who has ruined the family life of late Kanshi Ram.
                  1. M
                    Oct 9, 2016 at 10:33 am
                    Always U may be on f ools communal cast card. Idi0d.
                    1. M
                      Oct 9, 2016 at 10:11 am
                      RIP to dead. AVOID RALLIES as far as Possible. ALL LEADERS DEBATE VIA THE SOCIAL MEDIA. But Don't call them as an martyrs like the Idi0TS Cow Pigs RSS /BJP on dadri culprit body with OURS tricolor.
                      1. R
                        Rajesh Nawar
                        Oct 9, 2016 at 1:27 pm
                        Such a terrible tragedy Behenjee. We pray for people who lost their lives and wish recovery to those who were injured. As a justice Maya Behen please please give 5 crores to family of those killed and 1 crore to injured.
                        1. U
                          Oct 9, 2016 at 12:09 pm
                          She can build her own temple and can collect money and lot of non Dalits will put money.
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                            Sheik Mohamed
                            Oct 9, 2016 at 2:10 pm
                            Unfortunate incident which claimed three precious lives of human beings. Had the state police and volunteers of BSP had taken a little bit care in regularizing the crowd, this could be avoided. Let us hope that BSP shall surely extent some financial aid to those families who lost their loved/dear ones. Convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members of the deceased.
                            1. S
                              S S
                              Oct 9, 2016 at 11:06 am
                              Why it happens in Mayawati'rallies?
                              1. D
                                dharam sharma
                                Oct 9, 2016 at 6:46 pm
                                human life has no value when he is poor
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