Barkha Rani, 30, hadn’t been to Gandhi Maidan in two years. This time, she insisted that her father, 56-year-old Durga Singh, take her. On Friday, they went for Dussehra celebrations with Singh’s wife Manju Devi and Barkha’s sons Aditya, 5, and Manu, 1. But only three of them returned.
In the stampede that claimed 33 lives, Singh managed to save the two boys, but lost his wife and daughter.
“When we were about to return from Gandhi Maidan, the crowd started pushing us. I lifted my grandsons but my wife and daughter were swept away,” he said.
Singh said he waited for the crowd to disperse, but by then it was too late. “An ambulance took them to PMCH, where I could only identify their bodies.”
Singh, a resident of Patna’s Panchshil Nagar, blamed the government for the incident. “Gandhi Maidan is fast becoming a killing ground,” he said.