Two killed, 21 injured in stampede at Mayawati’s rally in Lucknow

Eyewitnesses said that the stampede, which started when people were leaving the venue after Mayawati’s speech, left several lying unconscious on the ground.

Written by RAMENDRA SINGH | Lucknow | Published:October 10, 2016 2:42 am
 stampede, mayawati, mayawati rally, stampede, mayawati rally stampede, up rally stampede, mayawati rally stampede death, bsp rally, bsp rally stampede, kanshi ram rally, indian express news, bsp stampede, india news After the stampede at the rally venue, Sunday. Source: Pramod Adhikari

TWO WOMEN were killed and 21 people injured in a stampede Sunday at the main gate of the Kanshi Ram Smarak Sthal after BSP chief Mayawati addressed a huge gathering there to mark party founder Kanshi Ram’s tenth death anniversary.

Eyewitnesses said that the stampede, which started when people were leaving the venue after Mayawati’s speech, left several lying unconscious on the ground.

Police identified one of the two dead as Shanti Devi of Kanpur Dehat district, while the other was yet to be identified.

A view of the Kanshiram Smarak Sthal where several supporters of BSP were injured during Mayawati's rally on the death anniversary of Kanshi Ram, in Lucknow on Sunday. (PTI Photo) A view of the Kanshiram Smarak Sthal where several supporters of BSP were injured during Mayawati’s rally on the death anniversary of Kanshi Ram, in Lucknow on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

The injured were rushed to Lok Bandhu Raj Narain Hospital, near the venue, where the two women were declared brought dead, and 17 others admitted for treatment, said Dr B K Singh of the hospital. At least three of the injured were yet to be identified.

Four others, who were seriously injured, were taken to Balrampur Hospital in Lucknow, from where two of them were transferred to the trauma centre of the King George’s Medical University.

Eight of the injured were from Azamgarh district, said police, and the others from Lakhimpur Kheri, Ballia, Jaunpur, Pratapgarh, Gorakhpur and Sitapur.

Pitailal Maurya, from Babaganj in Pratapgarh district, said the stampede was triggered by a group of people who started to push their way out of the venue. “Within a few minutes, several men and women were lying on the ground and others running over them,” he said.

Sunil, a resident of Gopalpur in Azamgarh district, whose mother Shanti Devi was injured on the chest, claimed that the stampede started after two or three men tried to snatch a woman’s jewellery.

Later, the BSP blamed the “lackadaisical arrangement by police and the SP government” for the stampede. The party alleged that “no special arrangements” were made for the huge crowd.

BSP general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui, who visited the injured along with other party leaders, said the party would provide Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the two dead.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also announced financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the two women. A government spokesperson said hospital authorities were asked to provide proper care and treatment to the injured.

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    VISWALINGAM
    Oct 10, 2016 at 3:05 am
    MAYAWATIJI, YOU HAVE BECOME THE CAUSE OF DEATHS AND INJURIES ! TRY TO LEARN HOW TO MANAGE THE CROWD AND ADDRESS THE MEETINGS BEFORE GIVING YOUR ADVICE TO OTHERS. THE STAMPEDE TOOK PLACE WHILE THEY WERE LEAVING THE GROUND , NOT WHILE LISTENING TO YOUR SPEECH . IT IS DEFINITE THAT PEOPLE GOT BORED AND WANTED TO JUST RUN AWAY FROM THE PLACE , AND AS A RESULT THE STAMPEDE HAPPENED. ( ALL MYANMAR TAMIL HINDU FANS OF PM MODI )
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      Chander Pal
      Oct 10, 2016 at 3:29 am
      Just analyse mayavati, her base is the under privalged but she lives like royalty. Never mixes with her support group and knows how to extract even from the Congi party. Just see the three bungalows, allotted to the party in new delhi, which have been grouped as one.
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        Rajesh
        Oct 10, 2016 at 7:18 am
        Mayawati jee should pay compensations to person's family who lost lives. UP administrations should also have taken proper precaution to avoid this mishappening. Still our leaders are not using modern techniques of communications to public. By using this they can also save money and lives lost during their processions. Modi government should also expedite digital India programmes to enable efficient communications with public
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          L bhadrapati Devi
          Oct 10, 2016 at 4:49 am
          BSP workers had bundled all voters and children to make the gathering a large crowd. When Maya had seen the first embly line of large ocean of paid listeners, she may be pleased. However, the paid listeners want to leave as early as possible just after the Maya leave. BSP should compensate the victim at the rate of Rs 1 crore per death of stamped.
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          L bhadrapati Devi
          Oct 10, 2016 at 4:43 am
          It is sign of poor management of BSP workers. In UP such party will suffer defeat because they use the name of poor Dalit to serve the short sighted political gain. We know the episode of big garland made of five hundred currency note.
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            Amit Patel
            Oct 10, 2016 at 3:35 am
            Again JaliaWala Bag remebered by these politician. Stop supporting any party. Stop this banjan parliyamentry system in which your money is used by politician's wife garment and jewellry and cosmetics.
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            Indian
            Oct 10, 2016 at 5:23 am
            Fake - created - for publicity- innocents died. sub kuch mayadevi ka rachaya tantra . Here she wants to show her strength , how many people are coming to listen her.
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              Vilas Kulkarni
              Oct 10, 2016 at 12:08 am
              TO DAY IS AUIOUS DAY VICTORY OF GOOD OVER EVIL MODI OVER RAKT DALAL AND COMPANY TRUTH OVER FAKE CLEAN OVER ROT DEDICATION OVER SCAMS PEACE OVER RIOTS ATTACK OVER SUBDUE MARTYRS OVER RAKT DALAL
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